Area Experts Presented Measurable Benchmarks on the Development of the Small Business Community in Chatham County at Annual State of Small Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS, presented by SCORE and Wells Fargo, was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, located at 1 International Drive. During the FREE conference, reports were issued by 10 area experts that had 3 minutes each to present their information on measurable benchmarks relating to Savannah’s small business community.

The STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS is a yearly event where small business owners can get a true measurement of local economic numbers in Chatham County.

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SPEAKER: Marshall Tuck, Corporate Small Business Officer at Gulfstream Aerospace
TOPIC: Gulfstream Aerospace and Small Businesses

SPEAKER: Faith Copeland-Pittman, Business Services Representative for the Georgia Department of Labor, Business Services Unit
TOPIC: Local Labor Statistics

SPEAKER: Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation
TOPIC: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region

SPEAKER: Rhett Mouchet, Associate Broker, Colliers International Savannah
TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Susan Speros, CEO at Speros
TOPIC: Internet Speeds and Their Effect on Business Growth

SPEAKER: Cindy Landolt, Revenue Director, City of Savannah.
TOPIC: Local Tax Revenue Trends

SPEAKER: Cristy Lawrence, P.E., Development Services Liaison, City of Savannah
TOPIC: Local Growth in Construction

SPEAKER: Charles Bowen, Corporate / Entertainment Attorney at The Bowen Law Group
TOPIC: Film Industry in Savannah

SPEAKER: Michael Toma, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at Armstrong State University
Topic: Small Business Employment Stats

SPEAKER: Dennis Barber III, PhD. Director of the Small Business Institute at Armstrong State University
Topic: Armstrong State of Small Business Survey

SPEAKERS: Joe Marchese and Marjorie Young
TOPIC: Questions will be asked to the audience. Instant responses will be displayed on the screen via clickers.

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Mayor Eddie DeLoach and Marjorie Young, State of Small Business event organizer.

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Tony O’Reilly, President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation discussing “Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region”

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Charles Bowen, The Bowen Law Group; Michael Toma Ph.D., Armstrong Atlantic State University; Dennis Barber, Ph.D., Armstrong State University.

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SCORE Award Presentation

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Susan Speros, CEO of Speros, Inc., presents “Internet Speeds and Their Effect on Business Growth”

SCORE is a non-profit organization funded by government grants and private donations. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee mentoring and small business counseling. SCORE members volunteer their time and considerable business expertise to help coach the next generation of entrepreneurs. SCORE boasts 370 chapters and 13,000 members nationwide. The SCORE office is located at 111 Liberty Street in Savannah, GA. Website, 912-652-4335.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, approximately 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs: and Wells Fargo Stories:

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR


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