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May 30, 2003
by Jennifer  Hulsey

Albany-- A local agency will help bring businesses, the Small Business Administration, and local banks together to give the area economy a boost. Many people dream of opening their own business and being their own bosses.

Thelma Johnson, president and CEO of Albany Community Together, wants to assist the would-be entrepreneur with the expanded program she announced today. "It will provide economic opportunity for the local businesses and create jobs for the local residents. When that small business owner decides to launch a business or if it's mature in our developing businesses and they have access to capital to get to that next level, jobs are going to be created."

Dione Atkins was a single mother of five working at a fast food restaurant when she started her day care center in 1998. "It has helped me to get up on my feet and get started in the child care business. It has allowed me to purchase equipment and supplies that were needed and at the time and at this time because of the small business loan we received from the city of Albany, we have two locations," said Atkins.

Atkins has experienced a tremendous growth in business and grossed over $200,000 last year.

posted at 5:00Pm by jennifer.hulsey@walb.com