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Augusta promotes program designed to help small businesses



The City of Augusta and Augusta University’s Hull College of Business hosted an event highlighting the city’s ‘Local Small Business Opportunity Program’ (LSBOP), something local leaders hope will help small business owners connect with resources they need. 

In the atrium of Allgood Hall on ...

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  1. This is a well written piece Rakiyah. There are a couple of points I would like to make. In the article it mentions that small business works for the city, when actually it is the other way around. This serves as a reminder that government serves the people, and public servants are just that. The next point is that the city needs to study their COVID response effects on small businesses. The city’s mayor gained political points for his massive restrictions that killed many small businesses in the city. These self-serving political actions favored large business at the detriment of the “driving force of our community “.

    • Randall it no longer works like that. Let us say you make 100k self employed.
      You pay 7.65 x 2 or 15.3% in SS taxes $15,300
      You pay around 6% is state taxes $6,000
      You pay around 30% in federal taxes $30,000
      You pay around 7% property taxes on 500k $ 7,000
      8% sales tax inventory tax fees etc etc. they steal around 60k at least.
      Who works for whom?

    • Stop the Lie! As Mayor, I led efforts to save lives (check with our hospitals), led efforts to create, promote and provide small business relief grants and supported my colleague Commissioner Sean Frantom in giving business license relief to all small businesses in Rixhmond County. Augusta businesses bounced back after the pandemic stronger than ever in my administration. If you’d like data just ask for. – Mayor Davis

  2. Mr. Mayor, the way that business thrives is by doing business, not relying on government to pay them back the money they have paid to said government. The $7500 COVID relief grants could hardly keep a business afloat when local restrictions forced its doors to shutter. Thank goodness we had a pro-business advocate in Governor Kemp to check the draconian restrictions of the state’s urban mayors. Governor Kemp is the real hero for our economic recovery. I will forgo asking ARC for data. I consider receipts as a form of data for a check on transactions. Judging from how the COVID vaccine gift card program, and a long list of other programs in which receipts are unaccounted for. I will not waste my breath asking for data.

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