Georgia USA Small Business Resource Directory

Small Business QuickFacts

Georgia is the place for small business. Did you know that there are over 600,000 registered establishments in Georgia. For the complete list of QuickFacts, download the PDF file, and get the latest emailed directly to your inbox.

  • There are 683,275 registered establishments in Georgia (SOS: 10/1/17)
  • According to the GA Dept. of Labor, 305,643 business establishments represented GA employment in the 4Q of 2016; of those:
    • 99.8% are categorized as small (fewer than 500 employees)
    • 97.4% employed fewer than 100
    • 94.2% employed fewer than 50
    • 75.9% employed fewer than 10

Georgia Rankings

  • Georgia ranks #1 among top 10 US states for aerospace manufacturing at $64B impact (PwC, 8/17)
  • Georgia ranks #2 in the top states for business in the US and has the best economy in the nation (CNBC, 7/17)
  • Georgia ranks #8 in the US for best state to start a business (WalletHub, 7/17)
  • Georgia ranks 5th in the US for small business optimism (customers, employees, financial health of industry) (Womply, 5/17)
  • Georgia ranks #1 (4th year running) in US for best state for business (Site Selection, 11/16)
  • Georgia ranks #1 (4th year running) in US for best state for business and #1 in workforce development programs (Area Development, 11/16)
  • Best Large Cities in Georgia to Start a Business: Atlanta #24, Augusta #64, Columbus #67 (wallethub, 5/16)
  • Georgia ranks #5 in US for greatest number of women-owned firms, Metro Atlanta ranks #5. GA ranks #2 in growth in number of women-owned firms and #7 in growth in economic clout of women-owned firms (American Express OPEN, 5/16)
  • Georgia ranks 4th in US for top states for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness (PWC, 7/16)
  • Georgia Tech (#15) and University of Georgia (#17) rank in the top 25 public colleges in US (Forbes, 7/16)
  • Georgia scores an “ A” for small business friendliness ( Thumbtack, 6/16)
  • Georgia ranks #11 in US as a top exporting state (Trade & Economic Analysis, 6/16)
  • Georgia ranks #4 in top states for small business financing (NerdWallet 1/16)


  • Atlanta ranks #6 in US as top city for innovation (Innovation Leader, 5/17)
  • Atlanta ranks #2 for Next Top Tech Towns (big tech hubs that are still affordable) (, 3/17)
  • City of Atlanta leads Sunbelt states in attracting 25-34 year olds with college degrees (Savills Studley 3/31)
  • Decatur ranks #11 for Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (, 9/16)
  • Sandy Springs wins Yelp’s first ever Bizzie Award celebrating the most customer-friendly small businesses andcommunities in America (Yelp Inc, 8/16)
  • Atlanta ranks 9th among the top 50 technology meccas in the US. (CBRE, 7/16)
  • Atlanta ranks #1 for most mobile-friendly city in US (Nerd W allet, 7/16)
  • Atlanta gets an “A” for small business friendliness in these categories: overall friendliness, ease in starting a business,regulations, health & safety, employment, labor & training, tax code, licensing, environmental, zoning (Thumbtack, 6/16)
  • Atlanta ranked as the fourth-best tech hub in US (InfoWorld, 6/16)
  • Atlanta is the #9 best city in US for recent college graduates (NerdWallet, 3/16)
  • Atlanta’s women-owned businesses grew 3rd fastest in US from 2007 to 2012 (Center for an Urban Future, 3/16)
  • Three Georgia cities rank amongst the most educated places in the US: Atlanta(25),Cumming(41)andMarietta(42)(, 2/16)
  • Atlanta ranks as best city in US for web developers to move to (, 1/16)
  • Atlanta ranks 7th in US as best city to launch a startup (DataFox, 1/16)

‘best in class’

State-level economic development agency in US (IEDC 11/14)

Best state for business in US

GA ranks #1 (third year running) in us for best state for business (site selection 11/15)

Fastest growth in number of women-owned firms

GA ranks #1 (3rd straight year) in us for fastest growth in number of women-owned firms (American OPEN  5/15)

Exporting state in the us

GA ranks #11 in US as a top exporting state (trade & economic analysis 3/16)

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