Hank Johnson launches initiative for Fourth District businesses

Small business owners at the roundtable discussion held at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Clarkston campus in June. (Special photo)

CONYERS— U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will host a roundtable discussion in Conyers on Wednesday, July 19, as part of his recently launched initiative to provide small businesses access to critical information and essential resources.

The roundtable will be held at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s E-Station Incubator at 909 Commercial St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The importance of the small business community in today’s economy is indisputable. Small businesses are a vital part of today’s economy and account for half of the private workforce’s employment,” Johnson said. “The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen our small businesses by increasing awareness and support for this community by bringing in the experts that can help us do just that.”

The Conyers roundtable is the second in a series of discussions that Johnson began last month. The first roundtable was held on June 14 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Clarkston campus.

The Clarkston session allowed nearly a dozen small business owners the opportunity to talk to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Small Business Liaison Janice Ellison about competing for contracts with the VA. State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick shared what she is doing on the state level and in the non-profit sector to help small businesses keep their doors open to serve the community.

The third roundtable will be held on Aug. 9 from 10:00 a.m. until noon in Snellville.

The intimate roundtables will culminate in September with a district-wide event called Think Tank, which will welcome small businesses and business chambers that make up the Fourth District.

The Think Tank will be held on Sept. 18 at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center at 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. The event will feature both panel discussions and interactive individual participation exercises, geared towards addressing the specific needs of each small business owner.

The Department of Veteran Affairs, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Small Business Administration are some of the organizations who have signed on to be a part of the Think Tank initiative.

Educators, community and economic development specialists, local leaders and other members of the communities will be on hand at the Think Tank event in September to show small businesses the proper way to gain access to capital and the proper channels for contracting with the Federal government. The event will also provide the opportunity for business leaders to learn from each other’s experiences.

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