This week, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates National Small Business Week by highlighting the impact of local entrepreneurs and small business owners whose vision, talent and spirit create jobs, spur investment and enhance the quality of life in our community.
On Thursday, we'll name the 2016 Small Business of the Year.
In Georgia, 78 percent of all businesses have fewer than 10 employees, and 95 percent of businesses have fewer than 50 employees.
Albany is fortunate to have a diversified economy that boasts successful small businesses and thriving global industries.
Supporting small businesses has an incredible payoff for our community. Of every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 recirculates within the local economy.
These dollars help create jobs, support families and promote development in our community.
The impact to the economy is significant when consumers first "Think Local" when making purchasing decisions.
We encourage all citizens to join the chamber this week and every day as we celebrate, promote and support our small businesses.