Ogeechee Tech Assists
Evans County as State’s Newest “Entrepreneur Friendly” Community
OTC and Evans County representatives at the announcement
of the Evans County Entrepreneur Friendly Designation.
Evans County has been designated as one of the state’s newest “Entrepreneur Friendly” communities. This designation indicates the community has worked to develop an environment that is welcoming to small business and entrepreneurs.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs create the kind of economic activity that is integral to ensuring prosperity and opportunity throughout Georgia,” said Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. “By encouraging and supporting these businesses, we are investing in a stronger future for our communities and the state as a whole.”
Evans County is the 75th community in the state to be named Entrepreneur Friendly by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). To earn the designation, the county analyzed its entrepreneurial and small business environment and developed strategies to help foster the growth of this critical business segment. Evans County also underwent a full-day assessment by a review team composed of GDEcD staff and representatives from the Small Business Development Center, Department of Labor and the Department of Community Affairs.
“We’re very proud of the work Evans County has done to achieve this designation, and we’re pleased to have supported this effort,” said Dr. Ben Thompson, Vice President for Economic Development at Ogeechee Technical College. “We look forward to working closely with the Claxton-Evans County Chamber to help small businesses in the County be even more successful.”
Qualified entrepreneurs and small business owners in Evans County are now eligible for customized market data, such as demographic and business information, to help give them a competitive edge. The county is also eligible for an Entrepreneur-Friendly Implementation Fund (EFIF) grant to help it implement specific, long-term programs that support their entrepreneurs and small businesses. The grant must be matched 50 percent in dollars or in-kind value by the community.
”Through the Entrepreneur Friendly designation process, we have gained valuable information and insight into the needs of our small businesses,” said Tammi Rogers Hall, executive director of the Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce. “This process has allowed us to better understand the challenges facing small business owners. We look forward to working with business and community leaders to address the concerns and suggestions that were brought to light during this process.” Ms. Hall expressed her appreciation for Ogeechee Technical College’s role in the process. “We couldn’t have completed this effort without the support and leadership from Ogeechee Tech.”
Earlier this year, Ogeechee Technical College began coordination of Entrepreneur Friendly Certification for each of the three counties in the College’s Service Delivery Area. Bulloch and Screven Counties are scheduled for review in early 2008.
Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director of Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958