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09 February 2011

The Number of Black-Owned Businesses Grew Under GA Republican Leadership

Tuesday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution brought welcome news about metro Atlanta's business community. Over the last five years, black-owned businesses increased 99 percent.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released figures that showed black-owned businesses in metro Atlanta grew 99 percent between 2002 and 2007.

Georgia had the second-highest number of black-owned businesses among states, trailing only New York, with more than 183,000 black-owned businesses, or 9.6 percent of the national total.

Stafford, Leon (2011-2-8). Black-owned Atlanta businesses increase 99 percent in five years. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2011-2-9.

Allow me to break this down a little further for you.

The Republicans took control of Georgia in 2002. In 2004 and 2006, the Republicans solidified their control of this great state. For the five years between 2002 and 2007, all under Republican rule, the number of black-owned businesses have grown in Atlanta and Georgia.

Soak that in for a second.

Atlanta is a city governed by Democrats. But Republicans want Atlanta to prosper.

Georgia is most assuredly a Republican state. And Republicans most assuredly want Georgia to prosper.

Republicans want black business owners to prosper. Republicans want all business owners --large and small, male and female, black and white, Asian and Hispanic-- to prosper.

Republicans want to create an ownership society; a society where government gets out of the way, allows entrepreneurs to start their businesses, allows those businesses to flourish, and promotes policies that allows for the creation of more businesses free of as much government burdens as possible.

That's what Republicans have done here in Georgia.

In the five years since the Republican Party took control of our state's government, Atlanta's black-owned businesses grew by 99 percent. Georgia's black-owned business That's what this Census Bureau report says.

Black business owner Randy Hazelton told the AJC, "You can come down here and do a lot more with a lot less."

Nancy Flake Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Urban League, said, "There are really a lot of proactive efforts to engage small businesses and entrepreneurship here. The political climate is supportive."

Georgia's political climate is solidly Republican.

And it has been so for the last five years.