Small Business Quick Facts

    • Georgia is the place for small business. Did you know that there are over 700,000 registered establishments in Georgia. For the complete list of QuickFacts, download the PDF file, and be sure to subscribe to our monthly Small Business EBlast.

      • There are 784,324 registered establishments in Georgia (SOS: 6/1/18)
      According to the GA Dept. of Labor, 278,125 business establishments represented GA employment in the Q3 of 2017; of those:
        • 99.7% are categorized as small (fewer than 500 employees)
        • 97.3% employed fewer than 100
        • 94.1% employed fewer than 50
        • 75.6% employed fewer than 10
      • Sandy Springs:
      •  • Sandy Springs wins Yelp's first ever Bizzie Award celebrating the most customer-friendly small businesses and communities in America (Yelp Inc, 8/16)

• Atlanta/Sandy Springs is the #9 best city in US for recent college graduates (NerdWallet, 3/16)

• Three Georgia cities rank amongst the most educated places in the US: Atlanta/Sandy Springs (25), Cumming (41), and Marietta (42) (DegreeQuery.com, 2/16)

      • Georgia ranks #5 in US for greatest number of women-owned firms (American Express OPEN, 11/17)
      • Georgia scores an “A” for small business friendliness (Thumbtack, 10/17)
      • Georgia ranks #1 (5th year running) in US for best state for business (Site Selection, 10/17)
      • Georgia Tech (#16) and University of Georgia (#24) rank in the top 25 public colleges in US (Forbes, 8/17)
      • Georgia ranks #1 among top 10 US states for aerospace manufacturing at $64B impact (PwC, 8/17)
      • Georgia ranks #11 in US as a top exporting state (Trade & Economic Analysis, 12/16)
Georgia Rankings
  • Metro Area:
    • Atlanta named 3rd top city in US for startups (FitSmallBusiness.com 5/18)
    • LaGrange named #18 top city as best in US to start a business (WalletHub 4/18)
    • Atlanta ranks among America’s “Tech 25” – 25 American regions deemed the best in tech (Cushman & Wakefield 10/17)
    • Atlanta ranks #6 in US as top city for innovation (Innovation Leader 5/17)
    • Atlanta ranks #2 for Next Top Tech Towns (big tech hubs that are still affordable) (com 3/17)
    • Three Georgia cities rank amongst the most educated places in the US: Atlanta (24), Cumming (41) and Marietta (42) (com, 2/17)
    • Decatur ranks #11 for Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (com, 9/16)
    • Atlanta’s women-owned businesses grew 3rd fastest in US from 2007 to 2012 (Center for an Urban Future, 3/16)
    • Best in Class State-Level Economic Development Agency in US (IEDC 11/14
    • GA Ranks #1 (third year running) in US for best state for business (Site Selection 11/15
    • GA Ranks #1 (third year running) in US for fastest growth in number of women-owned firms (American Open 5/15)
    • GA Ranks #11 in US as a top exporting state (Trade & Ecomonic Analysis 3/16)

Advantages of the Area

  • Metro Atlanta has a large IT, software and financial labor force and competitive wages compared to competitive markets. Due to Sandy Springs location at the intersection of Georgia 400 and Interstate 285, the potential labor pool can be accessed easily. In addition, approximately 60% of Sandy Springs residents have a bachelor’s degrees or higher, well above the average for metro Atlanta.

Top ranked programs supporting the tech industry:

• Georgia Tech College of Management

• Goizuetta Business School- Emory University

• Terry College of Business- University of Georgia

Small Business

• The large number Fortune 500 firms, technology companies, the Medical District and Perimeter Center shopping creates a strong market for goods and services from small businesses. High incomes of residents in the area also increase likelihood of retail, restaurant, and other small business success.

• The City has and will continue to see significant public and private investment in the new City Center, Roswell Road Corridor, Perimeter Center, and elsewhere that can enhance and stimulate small business growth.

 For frequently asked questions about starting a business in Georgia click link for all you need to know http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/First_stop_business_guide.pdf

Facts about the Sandy Springs/Perimeter community:

• Sandy Springs is one of the most affluent communities in U.S., with nearly 20% of households with incomes above $200,000. The City’s median household income is $68,200 compared to US average of $49,600 in 2010.

• 1/4 of city’s annual budget invested in capital improvements, such as transportation and infrastructure upgrades, which is significantly higher than other metro communities.

• Sandy Springs has more Fortune 500 corporations per capita than any other city in the US: UPS, Newell Rubbermaid, First Data, Centene, Axiall and Veritiv

• Some of the major private multi-national companies headquartered in Sandy Springs include: Cox Communications, Intercontinental Commodity Exchange (ICE)/New York Stock Exchange, Mercedes Benz USA, Haverty’s Furniture, Amtrak, CBS, Builders Materials and Construction Services

• The Perimeter market is home to more Fortune 1000 companies than any city in Georgia;

• Sandy Springs is home to one of the largest medical communities in the southeast with 3 world class hospitals: Northside, Emory/St. Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

• The City of Sandy Springs is a trailblazer in government structure and function. Rather than hire hundreds of government employees, the City utilizes a Public-Private Partnership model, resulting in the state’s lowest per capita ratio of municipal employees to residents;

• Three MARTA rail stations within the City offer a direct route to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and most areas of metro Atlanta are accessible within a short drive;

• Major interstate connections with GA 400 and I-285.

CONTACT US

Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber
Six Concourse Parkway
Suite 3300
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Phone: 678.443.2990
Fax: 678.443.2993

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6 Concourse Parkway 3300 Sandy Springs GA

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