In observance of Georgia Small Business Week, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Action Council is hosting a full slate of programs to celebrate in Rome and Floyd County, starting on February 12th.

Georgia Small Business Week highlights the vital contributions of Georgia’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the Georgia economy. Governor Nathan Deal declared the 2016 Georgia Small Business Week to run from Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th.

Small Business Action Council Chairman Jane Bosarge, C & S Trophies and Corporate Awards, said programs in Rome and Floyd County will begin a few days before the official start to Georgia Small Business Week, so that Valentine’s Day could be included.

“Valentine’s Day is always one of the largest retail holidays of the year, so why not include it in a celebration of small business in the city we love?” said Ms. Bosarge. “From having dinner at our local eateries to purchasing flowers and jewelry to enjoying a relaxing massage or spa treatment, Rome and Floyd County’s businesses have plenty of romance to offer. The Small Business Action Council is encouraging everyone to put their money where their hearts are and to ShopRome for Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.”

The Chamber’s Small Business Action Council is also encouraging all Rome and Floyd County businesses to participate by offering special week-of deals and promotions. Chamber member promotions will be highlighted on the Chamber’s social media.

“Join in the fun, and celebrate with us,” said Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chairman Curtis Gardner, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q. “Small businesses make a long lasting impression on our local economy. In fact, small businesses help to stimulate economic growth everyday by providing employment opportunities and by helping to attract talent to our area. Small Businesses are the personality of our community. Let’s all show Small Businesses the love they deserve.”

Here is a quick look at the Chamber-hosted events for Georgia Small Business Week in Rome and Floyd County:


  • FEBRUARY 12:  The week-long celebration begins with a networking breakfast, GA Small Business Week Kickoff Breakfast, sponsored by Publix Super Markets, Rome Cleaners and Merry Maids, on Friday, February 12th at 8:15 a.m. in the Chamber’s boardroom. The networking breakfast includes a special program that is sure to help you make a few new business contacts. Door prizes will also be given away. This event is free for Chamber members and $5 for non-Chamber members.


  • FEBRUARY 16: Pick the brains of past winners of the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award at our Dinner & Discuss on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Dining Hall on the Berry College campus.  Menu for the evening will be provided by Aramark-Berry College and the night’s venue is sponsored by the Berry College Campbell School of Business. RVSP to attend by Wednesday, February 10th.

This year’s panelists include:

Larry Alford
Owner of Rome Cleaners
2016 Small Business of the Year Winner
Owner of ServiceMaster by Twins
2013 Small Business of the Year Winner

Kirk Jarrett
Managing Partner at Whittington, Jones & Rudert, LLC
2015 Small Business of the Year Winner

Jay DeVille
Owner of Right at Home of NWGA
2012 Small Business of the Year Winner

Chris Carey
Owner of Logical Systems
2011 Small Business of the Year Winner

Admission for Dinner & Discuss is $15 for Chamber members, and $25 for non-Chamber members.

  • FEBRUARY 18: Hear from Mary Ellen McClanahan, Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business at Georgia Department of Economic Development, during the GA Small Biz Workshop on Thursday, February 18th at 9:00 a.m. in the Chamber’s boardroom. Ms. McClanahan will be discussing small business trends and small business impact on economic development, and will share fun facts about entrepreneurs.  Ms. McClanahan also plans to explain some of the state programs available to small business owners. The Workshop is free for Chamber members and $5 for non-Chamber members.