ATLANTA – Today, business leaders from across Georgia launched “Business Leaders for Abrams” to support Democratic nominee for Governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams. These leaders – representing diverse companies in the restaurant industry, financial services sector, the film industry, and small businesses around the state – know Abrams is the only candidate with the plans to protect Georgia’s business-friendly environment and ensure our continued economic growth.
Stacey Abrams’ “Jobs for Georgia” plan will strengthen our state’s economy by creating thousands of jobs, supporting our infrastructure, and fostering a skilled workforce. As governor, Abrams will expand access to capital for small businesses through a $10 million investment in financing programs and will create 22,000 active apprenticeships by 2022. And she will make sure that Georgia continues to be a great place to do business by opposing discriminatory legislation like RFRA that is harmful to economic growth prospects and expanding Medicaid.
“I will foster an environment to make our state a great place to live and to work. Unlike my opponent, I commit to never signing discriminatory legislation that harms our employees and causes businesses to leave our state,” said Leader Stacey Abrams. “And as governor, I will continue to foster growth in every sector via small business financing, infrastructure development, and expanding access to health care.”
“Stacey Abrams is the only candidate who understands what must be done to build a diverse economy in our state – and the only candidate opposed to RFRA,” said Andrew Feiler, President, Metro Developers, Inc. “I know from experience – if RFRA passes, our state will lose business. This is not an idle threat, and Georgia cannot afford the risk of having Brian Kemp as Governor. We can trust Stacey Abrams to protect the economic growth we have seen with the film industry.”
“Stacey Abrams’ economic mobility proposal and her quality child care platform are powerful solutions that will help put more Georgia families on the path to success,” said Tisha Tallman, Owner and Attorney, Tallman Law, LLC; Owner and Principal, Tallman Consulting Group, LLC; Former President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “When workers have the skills and support to thrive, everyone reaps the benefits. Together, these comprehensive plans will help move families ahead and foster economic growth throughout the state.”
Open Letter from Business Leaders Supporting Stacey Abrams
We, the undersigned, are supporting Stacey Abrams for Governor because she is the only pro-growth, pro-business candidate in this race who will focus on building an inclusive economy where every business has the freedom and opportunity to thrive. Unlike her opponent, Stacey Abrams will oppose discriminatory legislation that threatens Georgia’s economic future and puts our pro-business environment at risk.
Stacey Abrams is the only candidate with a strong record on supporting small business. As a State Legislator, Stacey Abrams received an “A” rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. She is an entrepreneur who has worked in the private sector helping hundreds of Georgia businesses create and save thousands of jobs. From day one, Stacey Abrams has made her campaign about the issues affecting every Georgian: jobs, education, healthcare, and making Georgia’s economy work for all 159 counties. As Governor, she will be committed to ensuring that Georgia is a great place to live, work, and do business.
Stacey Abrams is the only candidate with the plans to protect Georgia’s business-friendly environment and ensure that we can continue to grow. Georgia’s economic future depends on the ability to attract and retain new business. Stacey Abrams will help Georgia recruit industry leaders like Amazon as well as our thriving film industry, which supports home-grown small businesses. Stacey will expand access to capital for small businesses with a $10 million investment program. Unlike her opponent, Stacey stands with the business community against RFRA, legislation that legalizes discrimination and would specifically hurt the convention business, the tourism business and the film business, all of which are vital to Georgia.
Stacey Abrams is the only candidate who is committed to developing our future workforce. Business growth relies on a strong future workforce, which means Georgia’s next governor must commit to improving our educational system from cradle to career. Stacey Abrams has introduced bold plans for early care and learning, child and adult literacy, K-12, and debt-free higher education. Through smart investments in public schools and job skills training, and new initiatives to increase apprenticeships and access to technical college, we can improve the quality and availability of Georgia’s future workforce.
The business community knows that if Georgia is going to continue to be a top place to move, start, or grow a business, then Georgia needs a governor who understands how to create and save jobs, foster a business-friendly environment, and invest in a community that supports businesses and gives them the freedom and opportunity to thrive.
For the business community, there is only one choice in this election: Stacey Abrams for Governor.
Sarah Riggs Amico, Executive Chairperson of Jack Cooper
Matt Bronfman, CEO of Jamestown
Kristin Allin, Owner of Proof Bakery
Tony Conway, Owner of Legendary Events
Ryan Wilson, CEO & Co-Founder of The Gathering Spot
Andrew Feiler, President of Metro Developers, Inc.
Mac Holladay, CEO of Market Street Services
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Partner at Lawrence-Bundy
Charles H. Kuck, Manager Partner at Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC
David Brand, Managing Partner at Market Strategies Group
Sheila Merritt, Corporate Partner Relationship Manager at Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Tammy Williams, Founder and CEO
Chaka Zulu, CEO of Culture Republic
Courtney DeDi, Founder and CEO of DiOGi Pet Services & Training
Ann Curry, Chairman and Chief Client Strategist at Coxe Curry
Jeffrey Beckham, Head of Institutional Investment Management
Mike Highland, CEO of JMH Holdings
Lakesia Phelps, Owner
Donald A. Milton III, Founder and CEO of Sky Punch ATL
Suzanne Stroup, CEO
Mark Wilson, CEO
Lindsey Green Cambardella, CEO
Phyllis Stallman, Founder/Owner
Ingrid Fisher, Owner
Molly McCarthy, Co-founder and CEO of Soda Web Media
Brian Bell, Architect at BLDGS.org
Jeff Kole, President of Kole Management Co.
Julia Franks, Founder and CEO of Loose Canon
Chrissy Wise-Cooper, Regional Vice President of Primerica
John Noel, President at Energy + Environment LLC
Colton Griffin, CEO at Flourish Software
Tim Howard, CEO of EPA Security
Jeff Levy, Founder of MVY Consulting
Barbara White, Owner of Sandtown Barber Shop
Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher
Sharif Hassan, Co-Owner of The Spindle
Dan B. Wingate Jr, Owner of The Pullman
Kathryn Finney, COO
Tracy McSwain, Owner of Pit Boss BBQ
Felicia H., Owner of Felicia’s Cake Factory
Daniel Dunlop, President of Dunlop Productions & Event Solutions
Nadine Miller Hunt, Owner of Miller’s Soul Food Restaurant
Sawan P, General Manager
Samuel Torrence, Retired President of Just Born, Inc.
Dexter Sharper, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist
Dr. Cathy L. Cook, CEO of Cook Dental Care
Gordon Hall, Owner of Shabazz Fish and Chicken
Dennis Collard, Attorney at Collard Shockley LLC