Mayor’s Small Business Conference returns to Savannah on Thursday


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — For the first time since 2015, the Mayor’s Small Business Conference returns to the host city on Thursday.

Giving local business owners a chance to make their voices heard.

“You know, small business is the cog in Savannah. I mean, when you look at why Savannah’s economy has done so well, especially during this part of the pandemic, it’s because small businesses kept our burners burning, they kept running. So this is an opportunity for us, not only to bring them together, but also to spread information,” said Mayor Van Johnson.

State and local business leaders will be on hand to review recent workforce trends, such as temporary staffing challenges or unusual changes in the hours a business is able to operate. .

“What is very clear is that our workforce has changed post-pandemic and so, recognizing that and being sensitive to the fact that your human capital is probably your biggest investment in a small business, you want to ensure that as business owners and operators, you have prepared,” explained MarRonde Lumpkin-Lotson, Business Opportunity Manager for the City of Savannah.

This means knowing which municipal programs are best suited to their business and situation.

Johnson says he hopes this event can provide the necessary resources that many businesses need.

“We want to make sure we’re providing the resources and really hearing from our small businesses how the city can serve them better,” Johnson said. “There are maybe things we can help with in terms of information, in terms of relationships, in terms of allocating resources that we might be able to help. This is therefore an opportunity for us to hear them as well.

The Mayor’s Small Business Conference will take place Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Savannah Civic Center. Registration for the event is closed.


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