Dougherty County's new program to help small businesses get local government work should be up and running by July first.
The county signed a one year contract with Georgia Tech's Assistance Center to help small businesses while the county decides what type of program to offer permanently.
The office will eventually be open from 9:00 to 5:00 five days a week. At times it may only be staffed by office personnel when counselors are out visiting with businesses.
Commissioner Gloria Gaines says the county needs to start thinking about the program's future now rather than later. "This is a $55,000 contract so we can't expect an awful lot, but what I see it is, as an opportunity to know what's available out there, what services are available that the county needs and it is incumbent on the county staff and the commissioners to put in place over the next 12 months a permanent program."
The County's Small Business office was closed at the end of April. The new office is located in the Micro-Business Center.
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