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Small business program could end

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County's program to help companies get county contracts is struggling. On Monday, the county commission discussed what needs to be done to improve the program, or do away with it all together.

The program spent about $60,000 this year to certify just 34 small businesses to do business with the county. It's been six months since the county ended their Minority, Disadvantaged and Small Business Office and revamped the program to just deal with small business.

The program's gone from 782 vendors to 468, to just 34 businesses using the center. Former director Pinky Modeste says she can't figure out if it's just too many programs that offer the same material or if business is just off.

"We were the only game in town when we were the minority office, but now with small business, the chamber has a very strong small business program," said  Modeste.

The county has not added a construction project since the program got up and running.

The Commission asked Administrator Richard Crowdis to look at whether it's more cost effective to contract with someone like Georgia Tech's program and simply do away with the program.


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