Cagle Hails Launch of Metro Entrepreneurship Council

January 28, 2009

In a statement today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle urged Georgians who own growing businesses or want to start businesses to strongly consider participation in the Metro Atlanta Council for Entrepreneurship, a new entrepreneurial support initiative created by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and GiANT Impact, one of the world’s leading organizations focusing on leadership and business growth, headquartered in Duluth, GA.

A successful entrepreneur who has launched and operated businesses in retail, banking, and real estate, Cagle has also agreed to personally mentor a select group of entrepreneurs participating in the program as well as serving on the Council’s steering committee.

Launched by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce this month based on the recommendations of its Partnership Gwinnett Economic and Community Development Strategy, the goals of the Metro Atlanta Council for Entrepreneurship are to identify, enable, and promote innovative, high-growth, high-impact companies and to foster and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. The council is only open to entrepreneurs and small business owners with less than 250 employees and their leadership teams.

“This represents exactly the kind of thing our state’s business community should be doing to help the jobs of tomorrow take root and grow in Georgia.  Every economist tells us that small and medium sized businesses will be a core component of ending the economic downturn and reestablishing a healthy pattern of job growth,” said Cagle.

Cagle added that “Georgia is competing in a worldwide economy for the businesses that will help our state grow in the future.  Helping homegrown entrepreneurs compete and flourish will pay benefits for every Georgian who wants a good-paying and stable job.”

The Council for Entrepreneurship presents intimate monthly workshops at no cost to its members featuring national experts from the council’s relationships with its Strategic Partners. The web site, www.atlantaentrepreneurship.com, also serves as a portal for the best tips, advice and practices for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Web site offers a multitude of resources to help small businesses grow, including white papers, blogs, podcasts, notices of upcoming events and workshops, and recommended reading.