Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - In the last decade 80% of new jobs in the U.S. were created by small businesses, that's according to the Small Business Administration.
That's why the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce is honoring small business owners this week.
The chamber is holding its annual small business week which begins Monday.
To kick things off small business owners attended a workshop on how to better kick start their business.
Fighting for small businesses!
That's the reason behind the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce's small business week.
They held a seminar to teach owners to learn about programs designed to help them get a business off the ground.
"Our financing programs and our lending guaranteed programs for small businesses," says Brent McMahan, of the Small Business Administration.
Owners learned about a number of loan programs designed to provide money to buy new equipment, hire new employees, even buying a new building.
For Doug Gamble he says he signed up because he's searching for new ways to grow his business.
"With the economy like it is, I wanted to find out what was available for expansion of my business and to create a better cash flow right now," says Gamble.
For some of the business owners attending, they say they're walking away with a better understanding of what's available to them.
"A lot of good helpful information there," explained Gamble.
The Dothan chamber is holding two more workshops through the rest of the week.
The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce will wrap up their small business week Friday.
For more information about small business week you can contact the chamber at (334) 792-5138