MBP 2019 Edition2 - Page 61



Mr. Alex C. Habersham
Macon & Middle Georgia Black Pages
590 D.T. Walton, Sr. Way
Macon, GA 31201
Dear Fellow Maconites,
On behalf of downtown Macon, we are pleased to partner with the Macon & Middle Georgia
Black Pages to help sponsor this resource guide to make it easier for you to support the
businesses that are owned and run by our friends and neighbors. According to the Small
Business Administration, nearly half of America’s workforce is employed by small businesses,
including over eight million that are owned by racial minorities. For decades, the Black
Pages has provided an unparalleled resource for us to find and support the small businesses
in Middle Georgia that are providing jobs and fueling our economy. Everyday, you have the
opportunity to support these men and women as they own and operate their own
businesses, and your choice to do so reverberates through our whole economy with positive
benefits.
After decades of depression, small businesses are surging back to life in downtown Macon.
Our storefronts are home to start-ups that are Macon-made, locally-owned and familyoperated. I believe these small businesses are our competitive advantage. These businesses
do not exist anywhere else in the world, except downtown Macon.
Increasingly, downtown and NewTown are providing opportunities for not only small
businesses, but minority business owners. At NewTown, we provide free coaching and
mentorship for people who want to open or relocate a business in downtown Macon. What
sets our programs apart is that we also invest directly in small businesses through loans,
joint ventures and equity investments. Our programs can be essential for minority and
women entrepreneurs, who represent over half of our small business loan recipients. We
are committed to working even closer with the Black Pages to open additional minority
owned businesses downtown and increase our existing businesses’ abilities to attract and
retain minority customers. I truly believe that Macon’s diversity is a critical strength for the
future. Working together through our differences, we can realize our vision for downtown
Macon to be an urban experience that is unparalleled in the South.
If there is anything I can do to help you or your business take
advantage of all the opportunities downtown, please call or
email me! I look forward to talking to you, and I look forward
to many more years of partnering with the Black Pages to
build a bright and inclusive future for Macon and Middle
Georgia.
Sincerely,
Josh Rogers
President & CEO
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