Casey has organized a meeting in Gordon County later this month and has asked Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Representative Tom Graves and Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga to attend to discuss the feasibility of creating an organization that would provide focused assistance to self employed individuals or those who have less than 100 employees.
Casey drove two horses and a wagon from Georgia to Washington last year in a bid to highlight the plight of the really small business owners across the country. “It took 55 days to get there,” Casey said. He was sideswiped by a motorist near Knoxville and said that folks at a Kubota tractor store took the time to make the repairs to his wagon. “I met some of the nicest people,” Casey said.
“I’ve been in business practically all of my life, but what I have found out is that most of your small businesses that Washington and our state government consider have 100-500 employees,” Casey said. “There are so many that we overlook, the little guys with one or two employees.”
The Small Business Association would meet on a regular basis to discuss common problems and make federal and state lawmakers aware of their unique problems.
The meeting has been set for April 30 at the Depot in downtown Calhoun at 7 p.m.