MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Moultrie city leaders are helping new businesses get off the ground.
They give advice and recommendations to local entrepreneurs so they have all the tools needed to open their shop.
The Hen House staff made final preparations Thursday afternoon.
The restaurant will officially start selling their chicken and waffles next week thanks to the city's help.
"It was a great opportunity for us to sit down and meet with everyone face-to-face at one setting," said co-owner Elizabeth Geovanni.
It wasn't Elizabeth's first rodeo launching a business.
But it was her first time opening a storefront in downtown Moultrie.
"We like the family atmosphere, and the close-knit community of Moultrie," said Elizabeth.
Like many business owners new to the area, she had some concerns ranging from the age of the building to grease traps.
"They were easily able to walk us through all of the steps with no problem," said Elizabeth.
Moultrie city leaders called it Project Edge
"We walk through all the aspects of the business and give advice on the things that would help to make it easy to open a business," explained City Manager Peter Dillard.
Dillard said every department head sits at the seat of the table ready to help small business owners like Elizabeth.
"You come to Moultrie we're business friendly, Moultrie means business," remarked Dillard, which explained why downtown is thriving having attracted $1.8 million in public and private funds last year.
"Amy pointed us in the right direction so anyone trying to open a business, you got to come here because they want us here," said Gio Geovanni.
The Hen House will officially open on Monday at 11 a.m.