Christy Duncan is the founder and owner of Josie’s Friends, an online consignment shop that provides affordable clothing and sponsors impoverished children worldwide. We recently had the opportunity to ask Christy about her business and the amazing impact it is having in the community.

What was the number one reason you wanted to start a business?
To give back. I had been in the retail industry for over 20 years. I was a consignment mommy and I was itching to build a purpose-driven company. I put these ideas together after attending a child sponsorship event that made me reconsider my role as a global citizen. Josie's Friends made an immediate impact when we sponsored our first child in August 2015.

What can state and local elected officials do to help you as a business owner?
While this may not impact my business today, I would like to see our public schools provide entrepreneurship education to students. Having the government invest in these programs will continue to drive new small businesses in the future and will open up additional opportunities to kids, especially those who may be struggling with the structure and current curriculum offered. Continuing to rally the community in supporting small businesses will have a positive impact on many aspects of our economy.

What do you find most rewarding about your line of work?
Giving back to Atlanta Mission, Atlanta Children's Shelter, and children worldwide is the purpose behind Josie's Friends. I'm inspired everyday in supporting our mission and giving back.

You can find out more about Josie’s Friends and shop online at

*Local Economy Spotlight Smyrna, GA. Dr. Jaha Howard 

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