With 18 locations across the state, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center’s goal is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
How we're helping small businesses pivot and recover from COVID-19...
Operational flexibility and UGA help lead freight carrier through pandemic
In February, DIESELGRID owner Justin Hughes noticed a slowdown in the supply chain. He called his team together to discuss why the numbers were lower, trying to understand what was happening.“By March 15, it was clear the U.S. was going to shut down,” he said. Working with the UGA SBDC, Hughes obtained emergency federal assistance to keep operations moving.
Preschool owner keeps business open during pandemic, with help from UGA SBDC
Harmony Learning Academy in Lithia Springs had grown to 60 children, nine full-time and one part-time employees, and earnings were up, when the coronavirus forced it to close. Owner Josie Moss furloughed staff and began looking at ways to keep the business afloat. With help from the UGA SBDC, Harmony Learning Academy reopened on June 1, following the CDC’s guidelines.
Assistance from UGA SBDC keeps essential employees on the front line
The Gwinnett Eye Clinic in Duluth continued essential operations, including treating patients with glaucoma, retinal detachments and other eye injuries when the coronavirus response temporarily closed many others. With assistance from their UGA SBDC consultant, the practice was able to obtain financing to keep employees on the payroll while modifying the clinic’s safety and cleaning procedures.
Veterinary hospital adapts to COVID-19 restrictions, gets back on track for expansion
Pooler Veterinary Hospital in Bloomingdale was set to expand in 2020 with their financing already lined up. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, all of the business’ plans for expansion were halted. With the help of the UGA SBDC, Pooler was not only able to continue to keep employees on the payroll and modify business practices but also get back on track for a path of growth.
Norcross Manufacturer Shields Heroes and Saves their Small Business
The Cutting Board Company in Norcross manufactures plastic cutting boards for restaurants and homes. Most of its sales are direct to restaurant, industrial resellers or popular retailers. When the COVID hit, sales hit the floor. “Ninety percent of our business went away, almost overnight,” said owner Dave Brautigan.
Pivoting Helps Keep Tifton Restaurant Operational during COVID-19
March 13 would be the last “normal” night of service at Local at the Lankford, a popular farm-to-table restaurant in Tifton. The pandemic had begun impacting businesses, especially in the restaurant industry. Working with the SBDC, they were able to keep their business operational.
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The UGA SBDC has 18 offices across the state of Georgia. Ranging from Rome in Northwest Georgia to Valdosta in the southern most part of Georgia, you will always be able to find a SBDC office within a short drive from your business.
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