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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County commission is continuing to discuss ways to operate its new small business program.  

The old policy focused on helping minorities and women obtain contracts with the city. A disparity study done on the county said that policy was outdated and the focus should instead by on small businesses, without regard to race or gender.

But some people are still concerned. Reverend Rance Pettibone questioned the commission about the disparity study and says that black businesses in Albany are struggling to survive because of a lack of opportunities. 

"They are dying," Pettibone said. "All we got to do is look. Look around in the community."

The county has been in limbo on how to set up a new small business office since disbanding with the city, school board and other agencies in running one.

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