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UGA Small Business Development Center offices across the state are open and available to assist small businesses impacted by current circumstances. Virtual consulting and online resources are available, please contact your local office to learn more.

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...

UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA OFFICE

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.

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GWINNETT OFFICE

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.

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SOUTHERN COASTAL OFFICE

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.

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MACON OFFICE

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.

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ALBANY OFFICE

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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BRUNSWICK OFFICE

Closed, but not “closed”: SBDC helps St. Marys business thrive during COVID shutdown

 

Cottle & Gunn in St. Marys, Georgia, closed its doors in April when the state’s shelter-in-place directives took effect. But the COVID-19 didn’t stop owner Deborah Cottle from doubling — then tripling — her sales, thanks to a creative outlook, a new online store, and some help from the UGA SBDC.

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NEWS

Regions Pledges $500,000 for UGA Service-Learning and Small Business Aid

 

Regions Bank’s gift provides $200,000 directly to the UGA SBDC to provide small business assistance through Georgia.

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UGA SBDC Providing Continuing Education Courses at No-Cost

 

Due to funding from the CARES Act, all business training courses are being offered at no-cost though the end of 2020.

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UGA SBDC Partners with Morehouse College to Open New Atlanta Center

 

A new UGA SBDC office is coming to Morehouse College. The center will support economic growth in Atlanta’s West End.

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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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SBDC GROWSMART

Learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO, create a framework to improve the performance of your business, and shape the success of your business for years to come. Work ON your business, not just IN your business!

DIGITAL MARKETING BOOTCAMP

Digital Marketing Bootcamp is an interactive workshop with multiple sessions where small business owners will learn how to apply effective tactics to build their digital brand, expand their market, and acquire new customers.

SBDC STARTSMART

Owning your own business is the American dream. Building it to withstand the test of time requires a unique set of tools.  SBDC StartSmart™ provides the resources, support, and motivation to put your dream within reach.

EXPORTGA

Learn how to find profitable export markets, develop distribution channels, understand foreign and U.S. regulatory issues, pricing and costing company products, how to submit international quotations, process accounts receivable and recognize legal and cultural considerations.

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