Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:49:38 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:46:04 GMT
Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:45:45 GMT
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With a slumping economy, some businesses are suffering or being forced to close their doors for good. People are simply spending less money and unemployment is up.
But even with the current economic situation, Georgia just might be one of the best places to stay in business or open up a new one. A new study ranks Georgia as the third-best state for business. A new Albany entrepreneur hopes that ranking rings true.
In the bustling area of Ledo Road, dozens of cars roll by. That's where new businesses are popping up and owners are hoping drivers will stop in. "It's been a little slow with the Summer," said Cindy Horne.
A fairly new shopping center on Ledo Road is where you'll find Cindy Horne. She's new to business ownership. "A little over two months now," said Horne.
It was hard work, but she's now the face and name behind Cindy's Gourmet To Go. "Went back to school and got my culinary degree and decided this is what I wanted to do," said Horne.
Pre-made entrees is what she does and she's hoping it sticks with customers. Business ownership is a risk, especially when the economy is in question. "It is a worry. It's definitely a worry and when you have slow days you just think about what you're going to do and it makes you work harder to get people through the door," said Horne.
A new study by Development Counselors International actually found that Georgia is the third best state to operate a business. That's based on the labor market, operating costs, and pro-business climate.
"You have your hit and miss nationwide but here in Georgia you have a very strong pro-business climate because of the Governor's initiatives, the entrepreneur friendly communities," said Thelma Johnson, President/CEO of Albany Community Together, Inc.
The city of Albany has plenty of resources to help. Albany Community Together helps to provide financial opportunities and guidance. "From writing a business plan to understanding the financials and going to the bank and asking for the loan," said Johnson.
Johnson says right now is actually a good time to pursue business dreams in Georgia. "Because anytime you have a down economy, it gets back to what makes this country so great and that's entrepreneurship. During the industrial revolution, people were willing to take a risk to create new opportunities," said Johnson.
Horne hopes a first earned dollar she now has in a frame will grow leaps and bounds. "I'm taking baby steps right now," said Horne.
As she takes those steps, she's hoping customers will meet her halfway.
Texas and North Carolina topped the list. Tennessee and Florida rounded out the top five. If you'd like help opening up a small business here in Albany, you can call ACT at 229-420-4600.