COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Some local entrepreneurs in the Chattahoochee Valley believe the same thing many politicians will recite on the campaign trail: small businesses are the backbone of the local economy.
"It has not been easy running a small business, especially being young," said Courtney Johnson. She started Bent, her own jewelry design business, six years ago.
"But," she added, "Columbus has really welcomed me."
Johnson said more and more of her peers, especially in her age group, are pursuing their own entrepreneurial vision.
"At my birthday party a couple weeks back, I looked around the table and every single one owned their own business," she said. "I was like, 'This really says something.'"
According to the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center in Columbus, close to 98 percent of business in the Fountain City are considered small and make up more than half of the local workforce.
Johnson said she will add to that workforce, as the summer season arrives. She plans to form a small team to help her with other parts of the business.
"I just have always seen myself having a business, and helping other people," Johnson said.
She also offered this advice for any person thinking about starting their own business.
"Find what you're good at, and hire people to do the things you're not good at," she said.
As National Small Business Week continues, Johnson said she expects more young professionals to open their own businesses soon, and contribute to the local economy.
In his latest proclamation about National Small Business Week, President Donald Trump said the nation celebrates "all the entrepreneurs who have taken a risk" to create their small business.
The celebration wraps up on May 5.