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Letter: Celebrating small businesses and the resources available to them
Ashley Bell 2018
Ashley Bell

The Small Business Administration was created with the mission of helping businesses start, grow, expand — and even recover in the event of a natural disaster. Today, the SBA provides a wide range of services to small business owners and entrepreneurs so they may pursue the American dream.

I am proud to help bring SBA’s programs and services to North Georgia on as many occasions as possible. The SBA is proud of its role in fostering business growth across the country.

If you want to start a small business or already own a business, don’t miss out on the advice and services provided by the SBA and its national resource partners like Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and SCORE chapters.

We helped bring SBA’s tools to rural entrepreneurs in Hall County by delivering Rural Strong this past year. Rural Strong was a huge success where we also were able to tour a great SBA success story Mountain Fresh Creamery and learn how it received assistance from the SBA and USDA to grow and prosper.

I also continue to work with the Small Business Development Center and SCORE Chapters located in Hall County to be sure that small business owners have the tools they need to succeed right in their community.

During National Small Business Week, May 5-11, 2019, the SBA shines a spotlight on our nation’s 30 million small businesses. It is a time for the small business owners and entrepreneurs in our community to come together and celebrate our accomplishments. Through community events across the country, we honor entrepreneurs whose achievements over the past year stand out.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the entrepreneurs of North Georgia and encourage them to reach out to the SBA and utilize the great services we have to offer to help each business no matter where they fall in the small business life cycle.

We are very excited to celebrate Small Business Week 2019 and honor America’s economic drivers — our entrepreneurs.

For additional information about National Small Business Week, visit the official website at

Ashley Bell

SBA regional administrator

Regional events