Published on: Apr. 29, 2019
State of Small Business in Chatham County May 8

The 7th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County, presented by Best Business Brokers and Wells Fargo & Company, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College.

During the morning event, five area experts will present reports on measurable benchmarks relating to the health of Savannah’s small business community. The goal of State of Small Business is to share current and relevant information available about the local economy in order to help the small business owner make informed decisions in their strategic business planning.

2019 State of Small Business presenters and topics include:

  • Jen Bonnett, Savannah Economic Development Authority: Technology Trends;
  • Lee Beckman, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal: Freight Shipping Trends;
  • Tony O’Reilly, president of the Small Business Assistance Corporation: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region;
  • Rhett Mouchet, associate broker at Colliers International Savannah: Commercial Real Estate Trends;
  • Dean Burnette, managing broker at Best Business Brokers: Business Sales Trends.

Following their presentations, the speakers will hold a round-table review to discuss the implications of the data and how it relates to small business owners. Michael Toma, director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern, will join the discussion to help interpret available information.

Doors open at 8 a.m. with refreshments available. Reports start at 8:30 a.m. and the roundtable will begin at 9:30. The event will end at 10 a.m.

During the event, there will also be displays from SCORE Savannah, Georgia Small Business Development Center and The Creative Coast, providing business resource materials.

This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited and registration is required. Click here to register now!

This event is sponsored by Best Business Brokers, Wells Fargo & Company, Savannah SCORE, The Creative Coast, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, Savannah Economic Development Authority, the city of Savannah, Joe Marchese Construction, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing, the Savannah Morning News, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

A PDF of all reports will be available at

The event will be live-streamed on Facebook from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Best Business Brokers, SCORE Savannah and Carriage Trade Public Relations Facebook pages. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallBizSav19.

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