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.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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.
State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
City of Atlanta Loan Programs
Rural Business Loans
Federal Grants & Loans
Foundations in Georgia
Commercial Cash Flow Management
The U.S. government offers several financial aid opportunities for small business owners.
Early Stage Innovation Fund
Georgia’s Regional Commissions
Appalachian Regional Commission
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)