About Us

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 18 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community. Since 1977, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Small Business Development Center, a Public Service and Outreach Extension of The University of Georgia, is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.


Client Success

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Mission, Vision, & Values

The UGA SBDC’s mission is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our vision is to be THE trusted resource for transforming Georgia businesses.

Authenticity: We value honesty and integrity above all else. These values will apply to everyone with whom we interact and to whom we are obliged. We aim to earn the respect of our clients and stakeholders and to be known as “trusted advisors.”

Value: Our greatest assets are the competency, knowledge and professionalism of our workforce. With a focus on lifelong learning, the UGA SBDC provides practical business advice and earns the reputation of a “credible resource.”

Passion: Life as a member of the UGA SBDC team is truly a calling, as it is our ambition to help others. We continue to challenge ourselves to bring innovative services to the market that will help our clients reach their goals. We seek personal growth and fulfillment in serving others and aiding in their success.

Impact: The education we provide shows positive effects at the business level as well as the state and federal economies. As a public service, we hold ourselves accountable to helping others meet their business goals, being good stewards of the public trust in our efforts, and ensuring that we are meeting the needs of our stakeholders as we strive to make Georgia the best place to live and work.

Our History

Dr. William C. Flewellen, former dean of The University of Georgia College of Business Administration, is primarily responsible for the establishment of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) not only on The University of Georgia campus, but on university campuses across the nation.

The concept for the SBDC program originated when Dr. Flewellen and Reed Powell, dean of the School of Business at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona were serving on the national advisory council of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The concept was simple: extend university-based knowledge to the small business sector similar to the Agriculture Extension Service.

In 1976, the SBA allocated some of its own monies to fund eight pilot programs, one being at The University of Georgia. The success of these pilot programs paved the way for federal funding. Senator Sam Nunn and others provided federal legislative support, and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Small Business Development Center Act. In Georgia, Representative Lauren (Bubba) McDonald championed the SBDC concept.

A resolution was passed in January of 1977 by the Georgia General Assembly that directed the Board of Regents to establish The University of Georgia as the coordinating agency for the SBDC. The resolution also permitted the state to fund the SBDC program.


Our Economic Impact

In 2022, the UGA SBDC consulted with 4,436 clients and conducted training programs attended by 3,817 Georgians.


Established businesses receiving long-term UGA SBDC assistance had 24.1 percent growth compared to the 10.3 percent growth of the average Georgia business who did not receive UGA SBDC assistance.


Established businesses receiving long-term UGA SBDC assistance had 17.1 percent growth compared to the 3.7 percent growth of the average Georgia business who did not receive UGA SBDC assistance.

SBDC Client Success Over the Last Five Years


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