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The Small Business Center‘s primary focus is to help increase small business retention rates in Dekalb County. Nearly 700 thousand small businesses are started each year, yet approximately 50% of these businesses fail in less than four years1.  Community growth is largely dependent on the retention and growth of local businesses. Therefore, it is important to monitor the health and expectations of these existing businesses and to understand the root causes that adversely impact their growth. How important are small businesses?2:

Small Businesses:

  • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms
  • Employ about half of all private sector employees
  • Pay nearly 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll
  • Have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new
    jobs annually over the last decade
  • Create more than half of non-farm private
    gross domestic product
  • Hire 40 percent of high tech workers
    (such as scientists, engineers, and computer workers)
  • Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises

Our center brings over 100 years of collective consulting and entrepreneurial experience to use in providing your small business with a wide range of services and support in the following areas:

  • Business Management Consulting
  • Training
  • Office Space Solutions

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about each of these areas of focus in more detail and to find out how the Small Business Center can help your small business to grown and sustain in this economy. To request a free consultation, please visit our Contact Us page.


1 Small Business Administration, 2009
2 US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census and International Trade Administration; Advocacy-funded research by Kathryn Kobe, 2007
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