FranNet of Atlanta visited Roswell along with active citizens, franchise owners, small business advocates, community icons and elected officials on Wednesday
October 19th for the 18th stop on the national “Bring Back Small Businesses” Bus Tour.
Jere Wood, Mayor of Roswell opened the meeting by saying, “all businesses were once small businesses” and Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. talked about small business as the “engines that drive our economy.”
Alfredo Oritz, President and CEO if the Job Creator’s Network shared some small business statistics, “there are 28.5 million business owners in the U.S. and 1/3 of our population is dependent on small business.”
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. from Georgia’s 6th Congressional District spoke about his experience getting started with his medical practice in Roswell and why he believes it’s important to support small business owners, especially in Georgia where “95% of all businesses are small businesses.”
“Small businesses are the champions of the economy”, said Congressman Price
Philanthropist, public servant and co-founder of The Home Depot and Job Creators Network, Bernie Marcus entertained the standing room only audience with the story of how he started with a small loan from a community bank and a handful of employees. He was 50 years old at the time.
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