ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's Small Business Week officially kicked off on Monday, February 15.
Throughout the week, small business leaders from around the state will receive the tools they need to help them grow.
In Albany, a Lunch and Learn called "Let's Get Albany on the Map" will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the lunch is to help small business owners become more productive on the internet.
Interim President and CEO Barbara Rivera Holmes says the chamber helps small businesses all year long. In fact, the city has the Small Business Resource Office and the UGA Small Business Development Center which are two resources for small business owners.
"There are multiple ways for small businesses in Albany that are looking to expand. Or for someone who wants to start a small business, there is a good hand holding process," Rivera Holmes says.
Bill User the Vice President of Operations for Comnet Technical Solutions Inc. (CTSI) has a few words of advice for those looking to start a new business as well. CTSI, an information technology company, was named Albany's 2015 Small Business of the Year.
Usher says that the leader must have passion for the business and should seek guidance from other small businesses. He also suggests getting connected within the community.
"If you do the rights things like we [CTSI] try to do and you become involved in the community, good things come," Usher says.
The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce will name its Small Business of 2016 in May during National Small Business Week.