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Small Business Office in Limbo

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County commissioners will re-consider closing an office designed to help small businesses get local government contracts.

The office is scheduled to close because the commission failed to adopt a new policy to operate it. But now they've agreed to meet next week to try to agree on a policy.

Contractor Charlie Quimbley says without the office, small and minority owned businesses like his will lose out on work to bigger companies.

"The commission, I think, back in '85, I believe, promised this community that they would look at putting it if they got this 1% sales tax initiated," said Charlie Quimbley of South Georgia Minority Contractors. "It was some 15 years later before it was even initiated and to come across now hard times, the first thing you want to do is cut that office."

The office, which has two employees, costs the county approximately $140,000 a year.

Employees have been put on standby that the county plans to shut down the office by the end of April unless a policy is adopted.

 

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