In May, MIC’s Economic Development Committee partnered with District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid, Cobb County’s Economic Development group, the Cobb Chamber and others to visit twenty-four businesses in South Cobb. The purpose of the business walks program is to develop a strong foundation to build relationships and networks with the businesses of Cobb County.
The top three items businesses like about Cobb County are: location, government stability (County and City), and the surrounding community. Business owners attribute success to their distance to I-20, Metro Atlanta, and transport services via air and railroad. The South Cobb community is business-friendly and encourages growth, as depicted by small business owners. The majority of business owners also commented on City and County simple business license and permitting processes.
Interviewees were asked to rate their overall opinion of Cobb County as a place to conduct business. Over three quarters of the responses were ‘good’ with the remaining responses as ‘excellent.” The top challenges of these businesses include: traffic, workforce, and lack of transit in South Cobb.
During these open discussions with business owners, participants were asked to provide the County constructive criticism. Our interests are in favor of businesses and helping them succeed. The following were suggestions from business owners:
» Vo-tech programs in the School System
» Raise standards for property upkeep
» Infrastructure improvements (via SPLOST)
» Additional incentives for existing businesses
Want to know more? Read the full executive summary of the event.