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Small business is big business in Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), almost 90 percent of Georgia's companies have five or fewer employees.

In this issue we celebrate Georgia's entrepreneurial spirit with our annual salute to Georgia products. Keep an eye on the businesses profiled in "Georgia's best" on page 16. YSS Athletics in Snellville, which was one of the companies we highlighted in 2011 [see http://bit.ly/2011gaproducts], won a Small Business Rock Star award from GDEcD in 2014. Who knows what this year's entrepreneurs may achieve!

Entrepreneurs aren't the only Georgians we salute in this issue. In "Serving with honor," page 24, we pay tribute to our state's military heroes. Founded in 2013, the Georgia Military Hall of Fame honors the service of and sacrifices made by Georgia veterans and their families.

We had space to highlight only five veterans in these pages, but there are more stories and a complete list of inductees going all the way back to the Civil War in our November digital edition.

And finally, we recognize yet another outstanding Georgian this month: Betty Cantrell, who was crowned Miss America on Sept. 13 in Atlantic City. Her reign ends a 62-year dry spell for Georgia, as we have not had a Miss America from our state since Neva Jane Langley, who won in 1953. Turn to page 39 to learn about Cantrell's childhood in Warner Robins and the message behind her platform, "Healthy children, strong America."


Laurel George

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Joe Lamp'l, of Alpharetta, is the founder and CEO of The joe gardener Co., which is devoted to environmentally responsible gardening and sustainable outdoor living. (Photo by Jordan Crossingham Brannock.)



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