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Chamber recognized for entrepreneurship program

DULUTH -- The International Economic Development Council recently awarded Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Gwinnett Entrepreneurship program.

The program won in the category of entrepreneurship for communities with populations greater than 500,000. Presented at IEDC's annual conference in Houston, the award was accepted by Nick Masino, senior vice president Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett and Mark Farmer, director of entrepreneurship and information services.

"We recognize Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery," said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. "Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities."

"Nearly 98 percent of Georgia companies are considered small businesses, so we remain firmly committed to being a front-line resource for this business community," said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "We congratulate our Gwinnett partners on this prestigious award, and look forward to our continued partnership to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with the opportunities necessary for them to remain competitive."

"Gwinnett County is proud to be home to a vibrant entrepreneur community," stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. "This award signifies the excellent resources the area offers and its continued efforts to support startups and small businesses."