Small Business Program up in the air -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Small Business Program up in the air

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Dougherty County Commissioners still don't know what to do with the small business program.  They're questioning whether it's worth keeping.      

Last year, the county reorganized the small and disadvantaged business office to deal just with small business.    

So far, the office has cost the county about $60,000, but they don't have much to show for their work.  

County leaders must decide whether to keep the office, utilize a small business program that Georgia Tech operates, or not have a program at all.

County Commission Chairman Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard said, "In the past six months, 35 vendors have signed up.  That's been obviously disappointing.  There's still a small business issue in Albany.  We're still trying to figure that out, but at the same time, we want to make sure that the money that the taxpayers give us is spent wisely."    

In addition to the Georgia Tech program, there are nine other offices in southwest Georgia that focus on providing assistance to small businesses.

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