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9th Annual Virtual State of Small Business in Chatham County
Recorded Webinar (online)
Annual state of small business in chatham county 2021
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About the event

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 9th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County was presented live online, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, on SCORE SAVANNAH’s Facebook page:

Ten area business leaders of different sectors each had three minutes to present a brief overview of the current situation in Chatham County pertaining to their industries. They then offered their insights into what this means to the future of Savannah and the small business owner.

The 2021 State of Small Business in Chatham County presenters are:

SPEAKER: Michael Toma, Ph.D., professor of economics, Georgia Southern University in Savannah

Topic: Small Business Employment Stats

SPEAKER: Michael Owens, CEO, Tourism Leadership Council

TOPIC: Tourism Business

SPEAKER: Moncello Stewart, president, Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce

TOPIC: Black Business Owners

SPEAKER: Scott C. Scheidt, chief security officer, Seimitsu IT Services and High-Speed Broadband Fiber

TOPIC: Fiber and Cyber Security

SPEAKER: Rhett Mouchet, associate broker, Colliers International Savannah

TOPIC: Commercial Real Estate Trends

SPEAKER: Mike Rose, Development Liaison Manager, City of Savannah

TOPIC: Local Growth in Construction

SPEAKER: Charles Bowen, corporate / entertainment attorney, The Bowen Law Group

TOPIC: Film Industry in Savannah

SPEAKER: Victoria Saxton, CFO, Small Business Assistance Corporation

TOPIC: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region

SPEAKER: Lori Pitt, regional manager, Hire Dynamics

TOPIC: Staffing

SPEAKER: Becky Brownlee, area director, Small Business Development Center, UGA

TOPIC: Small Business Survey 2020

The event will be moderated by Marjorie Young and Joe Marchese, founders of The State of Small Business in Chatham County.

The presenting sponsors are Wells Fargo and Savannah SCORE.

Supporting sponsors include The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, The City of Savannah’s Entrepreneurial Center, The Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce, Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. and Joe Marchese Construction.


Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.92 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy its customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,200 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories. Additional information may be found at | Twitter: @WellsFargo


SCORE, with 240 chapters around the country, is the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers, composed of successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and corporate executives, donate over 4 million hours of their time each year to help small businesses succeed. Savannah SCORE was named SCORE’s “2019 Mid-Market Chapter of the Year” and, in 2020, was designated a Diamond Level Chapter, an honor achieved by fewer than 10% of SCORE’s chapters. In 2020, Savannah SCORE mentors worked with 832 clients, presented 63 live online workshops attended by over 1,500 people, and helped establish 273 new local businesses. All of SCORE’s business mentoring services are provided at no cost. To schedule a free session with a Savannah SCORE Mentor, please visit (912)-652-4335


Marjorie Young

Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.


2021 The State of Small Business in Chatham County
2021 State of Small Business in Chatham County Symposium
The "9th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County Symposium" was presented on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Ten of the area's top business leaders reported on the current status of key business sectors and the impact they will have on Savannah's small business community in 2022 and beyond.
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