The Gwinnett Chamber recognized national small business week with a series of online webinars that focused on educating owners and entrepreneurs about numerous minority and specialized certifications available for business growth. More than 800 business professionals participated in this Small Business Series presented by Comcast Business with support from corporate sponsor Wells Fargo.

Gwinnett Resource Partners and key leaders in small business presented information and led discussions on how to obtain certifications for small businesses including what pitfalls to avoid and where to go for assistance. Partners and speakers included:

Resource Partners

Mark Farmer, Economic Development Gwinnett County Government             

Sandra Font, Sr. Director, ACE Women’s Business Center

Glen Kruse, Area Director, UGA Small Business Development Center

Roman Ptakowski, SCORE


Patrice Dozier -Economic Development Specialist, Women’s Business Certifications

Chris Evans -Supervisor| CEI | GDOT DBE Supportive Services, Minority Business Crash Course

Sonji Franklin-Director MBE Services, Minority Business Crash Course

Dana Garland Gwinnett County Government, Procurement Program

Donald Lamar-MBA Morehouse College Area Director, Maximizing Certification session

Shavonne Swiger – Gwinnett County Government, Procurement program

The webinars were recorded and can be viewed on the Gwinnett Chamber’s YouTube channel: HERE.

To learn more about the Gwinnett Chamber’s small business efforts or to join the Chamber and engage in business growth opportunities today, visit

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