Atlanta, GA – March 13, 2017 – Atlanta Movie Tours was recognized by the state of Georgia as a Small Business Rock Star today at a luncheon hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).

“Georgia’s more than 650,000 small businesses have a huge impact in every community in our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “These companies keep our economy thriving, and help Georgia maintain its status as the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business. This is an incredible opportunity to put a spotlight on Georgia’s small businesses and highlight some of our fastest growing companies. It is an honor to congratulate this year’s winners for their hard work and dedication.”

With the help of the GDEcD and GA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Atlanta Movie Tours has welcomed close to 40,000 guests and received over 1,200 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor. They have now have a staff of over 20, own their own vehicles and have a retail shop in the historic loft & arts district of Castleberry Hill. Their inaugural tour was March 21, 2012 so on this Year of Film they are also celebrating their 5th birthday!

This year’s Small Business Rock Stars winners include: Atlanta Movie Tours in Fulton County, Atlas Turf International in Troup County, Ecolink Inc. in DeKalb County and Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomas County.   135 nominations were submitted, reviewed and vetted by a panel of judges.

“With almost 98 percent of Georgia companies employing fewer than 100 people, small business has a tremendous impact on Georgia’s economy,” said GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan. “The Rock Star recognition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase how important small businesses are to the state.”

These companies have shown increases in revenue, sales, exporting, product lines, jobs and economic impact. Additionally, the Small Business Rock Stars have shown dedication to their entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a unique approach to conducting business to take them to the next level.

“Small business is the backbone of the American economy and is one of the common denominators of all communities and is where most jobs are created,” said GEDA President Kevin Shea. “GEDA is proud to support small businesses through our members and their organizations all over the State of Georgia.  We are pleased to spotlight these small businesses at the GEDA Rock Star Awards luncheon along with GDEcD, and congratulate all the winners.”

Governor Nathan Deal declared March 13-17 as Georgia Small Business Week to celebrate the achievements made by small businesses throughout the state.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s small business efforts and outreach are directed by GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan.  To access more information about these programs and more visit

Contact: Carrie Sagel Burns
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855-255-FILM (3456)

About the Georgia Department of Economic Development

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

About GEDA

Celebrating 51 years of service excellence, the Georgia Economic Developers Association is the leading professional organization advancing Georgia’s economic vitality. GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit