Small Business Week & New Rock Stars Are Coming!

By Mary Ellen McClanahan, Director of Entrepreneur and Small Business Development


While 99% of Georgia’s companies are considered small businesses (employing less than 500), they are anything but small. With more than 700,000 small businesses registered in the state, these companies contribute greatly to Georgia’s economy and are a big reason why we have been named America’s #1 State for Business 3 years in a row (Site Selection, 2015).

From small food processing companies to innovative tech startups, Georgia’s small businesses are thriving and growing—and we are gearing up to celebrate!

Governor Nathan Deal has declared the third week in February as Georgia Small Business Week. If you are a small business or want to share some love about your favorite small business, use #GASmallBiz on your social channels during the week of February 15-19th!

Along with local events promoting small businesses throughout the state, we also honor a select few as the year’s Small Business Rock Stars.

Each year, Georgia’s Small Business Rock Stars are selected as outstanding, unique and impactful small businesses in the state of Georgia. Whether they’ve innovated a new product or grown a niche segment of the marketplace, these small businesses showcase why Georgia is the best state for small business.

As we wait for the announcement of this year’s winners, let’s take a look back at the 2015 Rock Stars. Click each one to find out how they truly rock Georgia’s business landscape!


2015 Georgia Small Business Rock Stars

Guardian Centers

Guardian Centers WINNER

Guardian Centers operates an 830-acre training facility and 75-acre cityscape for advanced disaster responses, technical rescues and military and security readiness.


Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee photo WINNER

Celebrating the honey bee, Savannah Bee‘s honey products illustrate the beauty and flavor of artisanal honey.


Water Shadow Enterprises, LLC

Water Shadow -Triatek photo - 1200px

Water Shadow Enterprises, LLC includes Triatek, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of air control systems needed in critical environments (hospitals); as well as Pure Wireless Holdings LLC, a leading distributor of cell phone and tablet accessories.


Aventure Aviation

Aventure Aviation WINNER

Aventure Aviation offers aircraft products of all types and serves more than 80 airlines, allied military air forces and aircraft operators across the globe.


Madjax, Inc.


Madjax, Inc. provides “innovative golf cart accessories for your lifestyle.” The company employs 30 folks and is changing the way people approach their golf cart.


Technical Services Audio Visual


Technical Services Audio Visual (TSAV) facilitates communication through leading technology systems integration, solution design, project management, consulting, programming and acoustics.


Mary Ellen McClanahan is the Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Development. Got a small business question? She’s your go-to expert. For more information, visit www.georgia.org/small-business or call 404.962.4820.

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