Small Business Affairs

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helping the community grow

Director: Dr. James Bumpus

Administrative office located at:

700 Poplar Street, 2nd Floor

Macon, GA 31201

P: (478) 803-0366

C: (478) 951-2192


Vision Statement

The vision of the Office of Small Business Affairs is equity in local city-county government business opportunity. The mission of the department is to develop and coordinate inclusive programs to promote the growth of small businesses, minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and disadvantage business enterprises. The office supports the enhancement of the economic well-being of the county through providing resources that will improve the competitiveness of small businesses, minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and disadvantaged business enterprises within the RFQ/RFP and bid process. In addition to the aforementioned the office promotes small business development and workforce development.

 Core Values

The core values of Equity, Professionalism, Integrity and Competitiveness undergird the ethos of the Office of Small Business Affairs.


The Office of Small Business Affairs programs apply to all contracts for the purchase of construction-related services, professional services, goods, real estate development, renovation, maintenance or other services awarded by or on behalf of Macon-Bibb County, GA; included but not limited to, every contract or agreement between Macon-Bibb County, GA and any governmental agency, quasi-governmental agency, corporation, developer or contractor, under which the agency, corporation, developer or contractor receives any fiscal assistance from or through Macon-Bibb County, GA for the purpose of contracting.

The Office of Small Business Affairs provides the following scope of services for local (within the jurisdiction of Macon-Bibb County, GA) owners of small businesses, minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and disadvantage business enterprises:

  • Technical Assistance for compliance to the RFP/RFQ and bid process
  • General Education and Training about opportunities to compete for county contracts and the RFQ/RFP and bid process
  • Outreach to Small Business Enterprises, MBE, WBE, and DBE
  • Advocacy for Small Business Enterprises, MBE, WBE, DBE
  • Maintenance of a Current Registry of Small Businesses, MBE, WBE, DBE (Under construction)
  • Small Business, MBE, WBE, DBE local certification (Under Construction)
Dr. James Bumpus has been named Director of Small Business Affairs for the new Macon-Bibb County. He most recently served as Dean of the School of Religious Studies and Urban Community Leadership at Arkansas Baptist College and before that as an Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor at Fort Valley State University and Senior Pastor at Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Bumpus holds a Doctor of Ministry-Theology from Mercer University, a Masters of Divinity-Theology from the Morehouse School of Religion, and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Memphis.
The Director of Small Business Affairs is responsible for developing and coordinating inclusive programs designed to encourage the growth of small businesses throughout Macon-Bibb and to provide resources that will improve their competitiveness in attaining projects. The Director will provide advice for economic development, increase procurement opportunities for small businesses, work to develop a program to transition people receiving public assistance to gainful employment, and more.


The Office of Small Business Affairs

Small Local Business Enterprise Program

Effective July 1, 2016


The Small Local Business Enterprise Program (hereinafter referred to as “SLBE”) is a race and gender-neutral procurement tool for Macon-Bibb County’s use in its efforts to ensure that all segments of its local business community have a reasonable and significant opportunity to participate in County contracts for construction, architectural and engineering services, professional services, non-professional services, and commodities. The Small Local Business Enterprise Program also furthers the County’s public interest to foster effective broad-based competition from all segments of the vendor community, including but not limited to, minority business enterprises, small business enterprises and local business enterprises.
There is no application fee for SLBE certification. All applications for certification must be accompanied by a sworn affidavit attesting to the accuracy and truthfulness of the information provided. Macon-Bibb County shall provide eligibility determinations for new candidates within 90 days of receipt of a complete application.

Definitions: Macon-Bibb County Section 19-56-19-65 Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)

Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)“: an independently owned firm that is not dominant in its industry and that satisfies all requirements of being both a “Small Business Enterprise” and a “Local Business Enterprise”
Independently Owned, Managed, and Operated“: ownership of a SLBE firm must be direct, independent, and by individuals only. Business firms that are owned by other businesses or by the principals or owners of other businesses that cannot themselves qualify under the SLBE eligibility requirements shall not be direct and independent of the influence of any other businesses that cannot themselves qualify under the SLBE eligibility requirements.
Local Business Enterprise“: a firm having a Principal Place of Business and a Significant Employment Presence in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. This definition is subsumed within the definition of Small Local Business Enterprise.


Size Standard Eligibility Requirements:

1. Small Local Business Enterprise (“SLBE”)
A Small Local Business Enterprise, as defined by Section 19-56 of the Macon-Bibb County Code of Ordinances, shall have the following size limitations:
a. The SLBE must not have employed more than fifty (50) full-time employees at any one time during the last three years; and
b. The SLBE must have annual gross revenues within its largest primary NAICS commodity code as averaged over its most recent past three fiscal years of not more than $13.5 million for construction firms, specialty trade contractors, and manufacturing firms; not more than 1.2 million for architectural firms; not more than $1.2 million for professional services firms (e.g., scientific, real estate, insurance, accounting, legal, etc.); not more than $1.2 million for engineering firms; and not more than $1.2 million for wholesale operations, retail firms, and all other services firms (e.g., truck transportation, administrative support services, repair and maintenance services).
c. If a business has not existed for 3 years, the employment and gross sales limits described above shall be applied based upon the annual averages over the course of the existence of the business not to exceed the three years. Once the gross annual receipts of a business exceed the gross sales average limits, it should no longer be eligible to benefit as an SLBE firm and should be graduated from the program.
2. Eligibility for the SLBE Program
To meet the size standard requirements for the SLBE Program, per Sections 19-56 and 19-58 of the Macon-Bibb County Code of Ordinances, a firm must comply with the size standards outlined in section 1 above.




How to Apply:

SLBE Long Form (For firms not presently certified)

SLBE – Short Form (For bi-annual re-certification ONLY)

Registration Has Opened for Our 2nd Annual  Contractor Academy:

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We are excited to announce we will be holding our inaugural graduation ceremony on April 5, 2017 for

Contractor Academy Class of 2017!!

**If you missed this class we will be opening registration soon for the upcoming class that begins mid September 2017**

Macon-Bibb County Contractor Academy Inaugural Graduation


Wednesday, March, 29, 2017 10:00am

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2017 Contractor Academy Graduation

Macon-Bibb Contractors Academy Inaugural Class Graduation

Courses designed to help businesses earn business with government agencies

 Macon-Bibb County, in partnership with the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and State Bank & Trust Company, held its first-ever Contractors Academy.  Through eight sessions which were held from September 2016 to April 2017, the academy provided intensive technical assistance to local business owners interested in increasing their business capacity.

“We want to improve the capacity of and increase the opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses to earn contracts with our local governments,” says Macon-Bibb County Office of Small Business Affairs Director Dr. James Bumpus.

Throughout the program, participants learned about credit myths and realities, how to get started in business, marketing tools, how to work with government, and more. Courses were held monthly at the Historic Macon Terminal Station.

Business owners from various sectors including technology, computer repair, manufacturing, construction, retail, real estate and engineering participated in the classes.  Thirty-seven (37) small local business owners will be presented graduation certificates.  “This is a significant milestone for our community and we are seeing other communities around the state in the SBDC family following the lead of Macon-Bibb County”, says Mr. Josh Walton, Area Director, SBDC.  As a result of participation in the program, several of the business owners were afforded contract opportunities they did not have before.

The Graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM at the Historic Macon Terminal Station, 200 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201. The agenda for the graduation has been set.  Among those featured as a part of the program ceremony are Mayor Robert A. B. Reichert, Mrs. Carolina Ramon, SBDC, and representatives from State Bank.  There was no cost for business owners to attend this program. There is a second class planned to begin in September of this year.  To be considered for the program, business owners can apply for a scholarship to attend (funded by Macon-Bibb, State Bank, and the SBDC) on line at beginning May 1. 2017.

Government agencies to hold vendor fair

The Macon-Bibb County, Office of Small Business Affairs in partnership with three other local government agencies will host, Fall 2016 Vendor Fair, on December 8, 2016, 9AM – 2 PM at the Dr. Robert J. Williams Complex, located at 1780 Anthony Road in Macon, GA. The other sponsoring local government agencies are the Bibb County School District, the Macon Housing Authority and the Macon Water Authority. The fair is open to contractors, vendors, local businesses, DBEs, MBEs and WBEs in all sectors that provide goods, supplies, products or services that meet the needs of the government agencies.

Through their participation in the event, vendors will take away information about certifying their small local businesses through the county’s Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) certification program, information as how to register their business with Macon-Bibb County and the other agencies, and will be informed of future opportunities with all four sponsoring agencies (MBC, Bibb Co BOE, MWA and MHA).

The event will feature Mrs. Dorna Werdelin who is the Communications, Outreach and Marketing Director for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. Her presentation will focus on opportunities for business owners to compete for state contracts, attain state certification and how her office engages in statewide outreach.

Registration for the event reserves each vendor a table. The tables will be used for vendors to share their expertise, goods and services with attendees. In addition to learning and sharing information, vendors will be able to pick up SLBE certification packets and Vendor registration forms. They will also be able to speak further with sponsors about the upcoming opportunities.

The agenda has been set. In addition to the keynote address by Mrs. Dorna Werdelin, attendees will receive business insight through a panel discussion. The panelist include:

  • Patrick Topping, President, MEDC
  • Alex Morrison, MBCG, Urban Development Authority
  • Alex Habersham, Macon-Middle GA Black Pages

Macon-Bibb hosts vendor fair



Macon-Bibb partners with FDIC to connect banks with community, businesses

The Macon-Bibb Office of Small Business Affairs, Macon-Bibb Economic & Community Development Department, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are working together to support new businesses and entrepreneurs by hosting a Community Investment Forum to help business startups. The Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the fourth floor conference room at the Historic Macon Terminal Station (200 Cherry Street). It is open to bank representatives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and the general public.

“We want to let banks and businesses know about the potential in our area for a Community Development Financial Institution,” says Small Business Affairs Director Dr. James Bumpus. “With such an organization, micro loans for $500 to $5 million could be provided to business startups.”

While none currently exist in Macon-Bibb County, Dr. Bumpus and partners want to show banks the benefits to the entire community should they want to start a Community Development Financial Institution. Participants will be shown the need for such an organization in Macon-Bibb, how it has worked successfully in other communities, and how setting one up would satisfy a bank’s service/investment requirement as part of the Community Reinvestment Act. Presenters during the event will include Dr. Bumpus, Economic & Community Development Director Wanzina Jackson, and Elaine Hunter and Nancy Gresham Jones with the FDIC.


Dr. James L. Bumpus speaks with Alex Habersham on "A Call to Action"

“2017 Economic Development Roundtable”

hosted by: Dr. James L. Bumpus – Director, Office of Small Business Affairs, Macon-Bibb
           Ms. Terri Denison – Director, Small Business Administration, GA Region

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