Georgia USA Small Business Resource Directory

How to Become a Small Business ROCK STAR

Nominations are now closed.

About the Program

Nominations are now closed. Winners have been selected and will be presented at the March 13, 2017 GEDA luncheon. We are looking for Georgia’s Small Business Rock Stars! For the fourth year in a row, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) have once again teamed up to recognize the outstanding, unique and impactful small businesses in the state of Georgia. We salute the risks, innovations, outreach, and impact of our small businesses, as well as the reasons why these qualities abound in Georgia.


  • Any type of small business is invited to apply. Nominate your own company or another great Georgia small business.
  • You must employ under 100.
  • You must be a Georgia-based, for-profit company.
  • If you have been assisted by your local or state economic development resources (see application for details), you will receive BONUS points.

Awards Luncheon

Monday, March 13, 2017 in Atlanta
Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Midtown
590 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

What’s expected of the winners

  • Attendance at the awards luncheon.
  • Brief remarks on your company and how you may have reached out to the local or state economic development resources and how they provided assistance in your quest for development and growth.
  • High-res product or service photo to be included in promotional materials.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and saluting Georgia’s small businesses with you!

Click here for past winners

Questions? Email Mary Ellen McClanahan at or call 404.962.4820.