Small Business Resource Directory

With 99% of Georgia companies employing under 500, approximately 95% employ under 100.  No small part of the state’s economic lifeblood, small businesses reflect Georgia’s entrepreneurial spirit and fuel job growth, as well as personal pride.

GA ranks #2 for states experiencing the largest increases in entrepreneurial activity rates over the past decade; Atlanta/Marietta/Sandy Springs tied at #2 for entrepreneurial activity by a metro area. Learn how we are supporting Georgia’s various business sectors.  

Start A Business


Grow, Relocate, Expand


Financial Assistance


Tax Credits & Exemptions


Government Regulations


B2B Opportunities


Women, Minorities & Youth



Research, Innovation & Technology


Mary Ellen McClanahan

Mary Ellen McClanahan



Small Business Defined

Georgia defines a small business as one which is independently owned and operated and must have either fewer than 300 employees or less than $30 million in gross receipts per year. Also, the Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) was created to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce and drive future economic growth for the state. GOWD works with macro-level workforce and employment issues to help Georgia be competitive economically across the world. Our office believes in the importance of soft-skill education for career success. For more information, visit the GOWD website.

Entrepreneur Friendly Communities

For communities wanting to create and sustain an entrepreneurial, business-enabling environment, the “Entrepreneur Friendly” Initiative helps them incorporate small businesses into their long-term development strategies. Learn more about Entrepreneur Friendly Communities ▶