Commissioner Larry Johnson to host 3rd Annual Black Business Showcase

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DeKalb CountyCommissioner Larry Johnson, in partnership with DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond and Chairperson, Dr. Alice White Bussey, will host the 3rd annual Historic Celebration of Black Businesses.  This year’s theme is “Partnering for Success.”

The event will be held March 10, 6 p.m., at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.

The purpose of this celebration is to present a “Black Business Showcase” of 100 diverse black-owned and operated businesses throughout Metropolitan Atlanta. In addition, a list of these preferred businesses will be documented and marketed throughout DeKalb County and the State of Georgia.

“In order to have a thriving community, we must have small and medium-size businesses contributing to not only the economy, but the standards of how we live.  We must look for ways for black businesses to continue to invest in our communities, to benefit and practice good business relations”, said Johnson.

The attendees will be able to engage with DeKalb County and community partner services as follows:

  • Procurement and Contracting – Local Small Business Enterprise (LSBE)
  • On-site pre-certification for DeKalb County;
  • Participate in the Business Exchange Networking Reception;
  • Obtain information on the County’s Small Business Loan Program;
  • Discuss Business expansion through SPLOST;
  • Engage with Decide DeKalb
  • Documented in a Preferred List of Black Businesses.

Special remarks will be shared by Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Ashley Bell, SBA Regional Administrator; Margaret Muhammed, president Georgia Black Constructors Association and Helen Butler, executive director Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda (Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Convener).

For more information, please contact Commissioner Larry Johnson’s office at 404-371-2425, or visit


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One comment

  • Christy Priester

    March 7, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Commissioner Johnson, Larry is this a free and open to the public event? I have tried to contact you on several occasions. I need a sit-down appointment. Please ask your assistant to call me to put me on your schedule and back on your email list. My number is still the same 404-288-8980. Something BIG is brewing and you need to know about it! Christy


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