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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...


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 coronavirus hit, sales hit the floor. “Ninety percent of our business went away, almost overnight,” said owner Dave Brautigan.

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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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SBDC helped Team Clermont stay afloat after COVID-19 shut down live music and large gatherings


Nelson Wells has been promoting musical releases and musicians in Athens and beyond since 1997. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, all concerts and tours were halted. With the help of the SBDC, the business successfully obtained federal assistance and received strategic planning advice.

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Essential business in Smyrna turns to SBDC for assistance during pandemic


Joseph Malbrough’s UPS store was considered an essential business. But with most people sheltering in place, the daily traffic through the store dropped significantly. The SBDC assisted him in obtaining CARES Act funding and assistance, to keep his business open and employees on the payroll.

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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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Agricultural manufacturer keeps business moving during critical growing season


When COVID-19 forced Peerless Manufacturing in southwest Georgia to shut down in March, employees had no way to know how long they might be out of work. But with assistance from the UGA SBDC, the company was able to quickly get a loan and ramp up its operations.

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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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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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Response and Recovery Resources for Small Businesses


UGA SBDC consultants have put together helpful links, articles and resources to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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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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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 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.


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.


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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