Small Business

Georgia opens the door to small business resources – and makes it easy to get the help you need. If you can’t find the answer to your small business question, contact us.

What constitutes a small business in Georgia? You are independently owned and operated and have fewer than 300 employees; or you bring in less than $30 million in yearly gross receipts.

start your business


You can start a small business in Georgia easily with the right resources and game plan. Explore the steps you need to take to successfully get off the ground.

grow your business


Growing your business is crucial to your continued success. Whether you’re looking for capital, export assistance or connections to other services, we’ve got you covered.

finance your small business


It’s no secret – you need capital for your business to function. Discover the many lending opportunities you can take advantage of here in Georgia.

learn about small business


Additional info, FAQs, links and opportunities to maintain the success of your small business – simplified and easy to digest.

connect with other small businesses


Get connected to other entrepreneurs, programs, organizations, and small business development centers around the state to boost your business.

innovate your small business


Georgia’s Centers of Innovation – focused in five key industries – are the state’s leading resources for facilitating business innovation and implementing new ideas and...

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We are proud to rank No. 5 in the U.S. for the greatest number of female-owned firms. Explore the resources and opportunities we have specifically for our women entrepreneurs.


Get certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, and you’ll open the door to all kinds of new opportunities, resources and services. We’ll direct you to the right partners to begin the process.


Are you an entrepreneur under the age of 18? Georgia has special resources and opportunities available to help you start, grow and expand your business in the state and beyond.


Our veterans are an integral part of Georgia’s businesses and communities. Explore the numerous resources and services available to our men and women in uniform.

Ever year, Georgia honors the most outstanding, innovative and impactful small businesses across the state. Learn more about Georgia's Small Business ROCK STARS awards.


Corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships in Georgia are formed by filing with the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State. Some foreign (out-of-state) entities which do business in Georgia also must file with the Corporations Division.

Additional Resources

Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State

While there aren’t typically any state grants available for small business startups, there are many lending opportunities including your local banks. Below is Georgia’s list of traditional and alternative funding as well as federal loans and grants.

Additional Resources

State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
Micro Loans/CDFI
City of Atlanta Loan Programs
Green Loans
Innovative Entrepreneurs
Rural Business Loans
Federal Grants & Loans
Foundations in Georgia
Commercial Cash Flow Management

Get an overview of starting your own business from the Start-Up Basics pdf (listed below) from the Small Business Development Center program at the University of Georgia.

Additional Resources

Start-up Basics
Start My Business
Georgia Small Business Development Center

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