Georgia Celebrates Five ‘Small Business ROCK STARS’

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced its five 2024 Small Business ROCK STARS as part of the state’s celebration of Georgia Small Business Week 2024, recognized Monday, May 6, through Friday, May 10.A small businessman himself, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued a proclamation highlighting the importance of small businesses in the state, available here. 

“Small businesses account for 99% of all employers and 85% of exporters in Georgia,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “These job creators are the foundations of our communities, and we are truly grateful for their contributions to both their local areas and the entire state.” 

The 2024 Small Business ROCK STARS, in order of spotlight date, are:

“Georgia’s small businesses are the bedrock of Georgia’s economy and communities,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “From Georgia Grown products on grocery shelves to popular hobbies, this year’s Small Business ROCK STARS demonstrate the diverse ways small businesses touch our everyday lives. Congratulations to the 2024 Small Business ROCK STARS and the communities they reflect!” 

The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association, created the Small Business ROCK STAR awards as a way to salute the innovations, outreach, and impact of the state’s small businesses. Each of this year’s winners have fewer than 300 full-time employees, are involved in charitable programs in their communities, and were founded in the State of Georgia.

“As economic developers, we value the impact and participation of the small businesses in our local communities. They help make up the culture of each community,” said GEDA President and CEO Grant Cagle. “Lucky for us, we have many different businesses and industries to celebrate all across Georgia. From metro to rural to coastal, congratulations to the 2024 Small Business ROCK STARS!” 

For additional information about Georgia’s Small Business ROCK STAR awards, visit