Special Edition Business Builder, Procurement in the Peach State

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How To Do Business with The State of Georgia at Chamber’s Special Edition Business Builder


Augusta, GA (February 6, 2024) – Join the Augusta Metro Chamber and Rhodes Porter Business Development Logistics Management on Tuesday, February 13 for a Special Edition Business Builder – “Procurement in the Peach State”. Crystal Langley and Julian Bailey from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) will discuss how to do business with the state of Georgia along with the new Georgia Business Certification Program launched this year.


Crystal Langley is a seasoned professional who joined the Georgia DOAS in November 2022 as the Small Business and Supplier Diversity Specialist. In this role, she supports her manager in overseeing the New Business Certification program, addressing small and minority-owned businesses, women-owned enterprises, and veteran-owned establishments. Crystal actively facilitates supplier training and outreach to ensure the program's success. Before DOAS, she excelled as a DBE Coordinator at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), specializing in certifying small minority-owned and women-owned businesses. Crystal's contributions extend to the Georgia Department of Revenue in Taxation and prominent roles with Wholesale and Generic Insurance companies, including UHI, Aetna, Amwins Brokerage of Ga, and State Farm Insurance Agency.


Julian Andrea Bailey currently serves as the Small Business and Supplier Diversity Manager at Georgia DOAS. Bailey is responsible for leading engagements and communications for a statewide Small Business and Supplier Diversity Initiative put in place due to an executive order issued by the Governor. The goal of the Initiative is to make the state of Georgia procurement process easier to access for small businesses with a focus on minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. Bailey joined DOAS in 2013 and has established a strong knowledge base in state procurement operations, policies, and systems. She has successfully implemented and managed numerous training programs on navigating the procurement process and systems in the state of Georgia. In addition, Bailey oversees the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification program. Prior to joining DOAS, Bailey worked with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.


Special Edition Business Builder begins at 11:30 am in the Chamber Conference Room located inside the Augusta Riverfront Center (One Tenth St. Suite 120, Augusta, Ga 30901). One complimentary attendee per Chamber Member Business, $10 for each additional Chamber Member attendee, and $15.00 for Prospective Members. Lunch is provided. Advanced registration is required at augustametrochamber.com/events. Registration deadline is Friday, February 9.


The Special Edition Business Builder provides topical intelligence on key issues for businesses. Local industry experts present relevant information on topics important to successful business operations and growth.




Media Contact:

Kathryn Freemon, Communications Coordinator

Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce