A Lifetime Learner Thrives with UGA SBDC

James Guzman was no stranger to entrepreneurship when he began working with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC). Decades before starting his own business, Guzman already had the drive to own his own business, cleaning cars and selling candy in his Miami neighborhood. When his parents passed away, he had to […]

International Trade Assistance Opens New Markets for Surgical Garment Manufacturer

RAINEY APPAREL MANUFACTURING The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) offers a variety of ways to help small businesses grow. But what if a business wants to enter international markets? That’s when the UGA SBDC utilizes its export training program, <a href=”https://georgiasbdc.org/exportga/”>ExportGA</a>. Russell Rainey, owner of Rainey Apparel Manufacturing in Clarkston, was […]

Lawn care company exceeds yearly projections with help from SBDC

  Kyle Flanagan’s roots are in lawn care – the Florida native started mowing lawns in his parents’ neighborhood when he was just 11. He moved to Athens in 2002 to attend the University of Georgia and worked for a regional chem-lawn company to pay for tuition.   As he built connections in the community […]

Innovative Fitness Solutions in Kennesaw

GrowSmart® Training Aids Owner’s Strategic Focus   Like relay runners passing a baton, fitness experts Chris and Melissa Conti moved nine times during the first 10 years of their marriage to work in the industry. Within two years of relocating to Atlanta, they found themselves facing another move. The company Chris had joined was going out of business. […]

StillFire and UGA SBDC Ignite Brewing Success

Putting UGA SBDC Resources to Use Law school opens the door to many possibilities. While sitting in his law school classes at the University of Georgia, Aaron Bisges, general manager at StillFire Brewing, never dreamed one of those possibilities would be opening a brewery after graduation. He worked at bars and restaurants throughout law school […]

UGA SBDC Teamwork Aids Lula Business Owner in Two Major Ventures

Bill Turk created his business and patented technology – thermal acoustical pest control insulation (TAP®) –because of opportunities unique to Georgia, including his work with the Gainesville office of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC). Turk launched his transformative, multi-million-dollar pest control and insulation distribution business – Pest Control Insulation, LLC […]