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Big bucks for small businesses

February 19, 2003

Albany - The State wants to help small and minority businesses get rich. Southwest Georgia minority businesses can now apply online for state contracts and work. Business owners can find thousand of dollars in work from the state government by registering with the Governor's Small Business Center. On Wednesday, the Dougherty County disadvantaged company owners learned how to maximize the opportunities for business.

For 16 years, Southwest Carriers Inc. has hauled goods across America. And just last month, the Albany trucking company joined the Solid Waste business. "We received the subcontract to haul waste for the city of Albany. The Onyx Company is the main contractor," said Owner Dora Wilson.

Wilson says the Dougherty County Small and Disadvantaged Business Office helped her receive the subcontract with Onyx. And now, her job opportunities aren't limited to Southwest Georgia.

"We want to help small and minority businesses find work with the state," said Gilda Watters, the Director of the Governor's Small Business Center. "The state needs everything from paper clips to aircrafts. But, it's up to business owners to take advantage of this opportunity. "

Once you've registered and certified your business with the state, you'll receive notification every time the state is looking for the service your business offers.

"I plan to register as soon as possible, " said Wilson. "It's hard for the little man to survive in this economic downturn. This opportunity to find state work increases our chance to succeed."

Posted at 5:45PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com