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The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
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How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
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Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the fastest growing segments of our economy is businesses owned by African Americans. Nationwide, Black owned businesses increased more than 60 percent in the last five years.
And Georgia ranks near the top in the number of those businesses. At Images Barber shop in Albany, you can talk sports while getting a stylish new do.
"When I first started cutting hair, there weren't that many barber shops, now they're all over," said owner Wendell Jackson.
Particularly, black owned barber shops. Jackson thinks more access to education has led to a boost in black owned business.
Jackson said, "Everybody's going to school and getting an education now and I think we're having more opportunities to be in business for ourselves."
That's what happened for his business partner Ethel Jones. Working for someone else wasn't working for her, so she decided to go back to school. She said, "I decided I needed to do something I liked to do, and hair is what I like doing."
She says education is empowering and that's why, she too, believes more black businesses are showing up and staying successful. Jones said, "They're equipped to go out and work on their own." And there are more programs available for people wanting to go into business to teach them how to get started.
Plus, Jackson says, some of the barriers that once existed for African Americans are no longer there. He said, "I think we've come a long way because like I said, doors and opportunities have been open and we're just going through the doors now and putting our best foot first." And take advantage of the opportunities available.
The city of Albany oversees a federal program which helps all small businesses get off the ground.They offer Economic development loans, façade improvements and access to a business incubator at the microbusiness enterprise center.
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