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Georgia’s top 10 best cities to start a business

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in WWC | Chamber of Commerce | Comments Off on Georgia’s top 10 best cities to start a business

Georgia’s top 10 best cities to start a business

“Some of Georgia’s biggest cities — Atlanta, Columbus, Augusta and Savannah — have the largest number of businesses in the state, but the most profitable businesses are in the suburbs and smaller cities,” the website reported. “Six places in the top 10, each with a population under 60,000, boast higher average revenue per business than the state’s most populous cities.” Phil W. Hudson Staff Writer – Atlanta Business Chronicle Link to the actual Atlanta Business Chronicle online article GA is consistently ranked as one of the top states to start a business. But where is the best place in the Peach State to launch a company? NerdWallet reported Georgia’s suburbs are turning a profit. But, location still may be the most important factor. “All of the top 10 cities are along major transportation routes, a plus for businesses shipping products around the region or the country,” NerdWallet reported. “Proximity to Atlanta doesn’t hurt, either. Four of the 10 best places are within 30 miles of Georgia’s largest city.”   Best places to start a business in Georgia and the reasons behind it, according to NerdWallet: 1. Alpharetta With almost 60,000 residents, Alpharetta is the largest city in the top 10. It has nearly 9,000 businesses, which average over $6.9 million in revenue per business each year, more than any city on this list. Alpharetta is part of the Georgia 400 corridor, a road that stretches along state Route 400 from north Georgia to the Atlanta metro area. The corridor is a major transit route, has a strong fiber optic network and has given Alpharetta and Cumming, also in the top 10, a major economic boost. 2. Doraville Doraville’s average revenue per business ($5,361,780) is second only to Alpharetta. The city’s proximity to Atlanta, major transportation routes and two of the state’s largest airports make it a prime location for businesses. Doraville is redeveloping a former General Motors plant, which closed in 2009, to serve as a business and community center dubbed “Assembly.” A movie studio, Third Rail Studios, is set to anchor part of the development, which also has ample space for retail, dining and other businesses. 3. Vinings Home to over 1,700 business, Vinings is in a favorable location between two major interstates and 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta. More than 35 percent of the city’s businesses have paid employees, contributing to Vinings’ unemployment rate of 2.5 percent, which is far below the national average of 5.5 percent. Area businesses include Home Depot, which is headquartered nearby, as well as smaller establishments such as Social Vinings, a restaurant named business of the year in 2014 by the Vinings Business Association . 4. Garden City Garden City is the industrial hub of Chatham County, part of the state’s coastal region. Georgia Ports Authority is based in Garden City, and the city’s shipping terminal is one of the busiest container ports in the U.S. The average revenue for businesses in Garden City is over $2.16 million, and roughly 43 percent of businesses have paid employees, helping keep the city’s unemployment rate below the national average. 5. Dalton Downtown Dalton is one of the largest downtown districts in the state. The city invested $7 million to develop its city center, which is home to about 300 businesses. In total, Dalton boasts...

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GACCE Announces 2014
Class of Georgia Certified Chambers

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in WWC | Chamber of Commerce | Comments Off on GACCE Announces 2014
Class of Georgia Certified Chambers

GACCE Announces 2014 Class of Georgia Certified Chambers

It’s an exciting time to be in the chamber industry and to be a chamber in Georgia. Many chambers have risen to the challenge during these tough economic times to provide unparralled leadership and direction, helping their members and communities thrive. This type of performance is a reflection of the solid organizational infrastructure built through much hard work and diligence. In 2011, the GACCE Board of Directors sought a way to recognize chambers in the state that have focused internally on their operations to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to create efficient, effective organizations positioned to deliver great value. Thus the Georgia Certified Chamber program was created. The program is modeled after the U.S. Chamber’s accreditation program. The purpose of the program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across the State of Georgia. Chambers must meet standards in organization, service intent and capacity, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy in order to achieve the Georgia Certified Chamber designation. With over 150 chambers in the State of Georgia, the seven chambers that were recognized as Georgia Certified Chambers during the Opening Luncheon of the 2014 GACCE Volunteer Leader Conference held at the Marriott Macon City Center in Macon, GA on November 6 received a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by accredited chambers. These seven chambers join 40 other chamber members that have been recognized with this distinction over the past three years. The following chambers make up the 2014 class of Georgia Certified Chambers: Americus-Sumter County Chamber Fannin County Chamber Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Chamber Greater Macon Chamber Randolph County Chamber Waycross-Ware County Chamber White County Chamber GACCE congratulates these chambers for their accomplishment! GACCE is the professional society for chamber executives and staff. The mission of GACCE is to engage, educate and empower chamber...

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