Small Business Procurement – 2 Classes
If you are selling it, the U.S. Government and UGA are buying it. Join us for one, or both programs to expand your market by doing business with the federal government and/or with the University of Georgia.
Thursday, August 30
- Federal Contracting & Small Biz Certifications: 8:00am – 10:00am, $39
- Doing Business with UGA: 10:30am-noon, $0
Grow Your Small Business Expo
In collaboration with SCORE.
Join us for an a informative gathering of experts and resources to help grow small businesses. Attendees will learn from two panels of experts: A Funding Panel and a Social Media Marketing Panel. They will also have the chance to meet local business resources (exhibitors) and network with other small business owners.
Friday, September 21
12:30pm – 5:00pm
Sign up coming soon.
7th Annual Women’s Business Expo in Athens
Grow your connections, and learn from and be inspired by other successful business women. Expert speakers will discuss topics of interest and successful business women will teach and inspire with their personal and professional stories. Vendor opportunities available.
Friday, October 19
9:00am – 3:00pm
Attendees: $59 until Aug. 31 then $79
2019 SBDC StartSMART
An SBDC signature course, only offered once a year, designed for entrepreneurs who:
- have been in business for less than two years or who want to start a business
- want to open a different location or pursue a new business venture
- need to develop a detailed business plan to acquire funding
StartSMART is a facilitated learning environment. There is an application process in which we do our best to eliminate competitors so that each entrepreneur can feel free to openly discuss their business with the class and guest speakers.
One day a week for 5 weeks
Drive more customers to your business by maximizing your Google My Business page.
We are a Resource Partner with Google and have access to Google Training that we can pass onto our clients to help them better reach their customers. Here is a great webinar on:
- Tips for Connecting with Your Customers
- How to Set Up a Business Page
If you want practical, tailored-to-your-business advice on how to get more customers, please call 706-542-7436 to set up a no-cost, confidential consultation.
Other UGA SBDC Services & Training
Office of Minority Business Development
This Division was created to provide special attention to the needs of minority entrepreneurs by identifying procurement opportunities, locating sources of capital, and supporting outreach efforts of minority business people around the state.
Want to sell your products in another country?
You don’t need to be an expert in trade. Let our SBDC International Trade Center be your expert. They can support you in a variety of ways such as: walking you through a transaction, identifying opportunities, investigating trade financing options or resolving a particular trade issue.
Starting A Business
Covers important tools and resources a business owner needs to establish a solid foundation during its early formative years. Register with a friend for a discount. Free for service-connected disabled veterans, call 706-542-7436 for details. 3 hours
Want to start a Craft Brewery, Brewpub, Distillers or Meadery?
Learn the ins & outs of owning a brewery, distillery, or meadery. Learn from experts how to turn your love and passion into a well-designed, financially sustainable operation. Experts from all sides of the business will walk you through things to consider, as well as the right question you should be asking, before you even consider opening the doors. Held at the Southern Brewing Company. 3 hours.
Looking for a less-risky way to become a business owner? Join the UGA SBDC in Athens for our 2nd Annual Franchising Forum to learn all about franchise ownership.
- Meet the best available franchises in Georgia!
- Hear from real franchise owners about their experiences making the jump to entrepreneur and how they have been successful.
- Learn about the franchising process including financing options from our panel of experts.
- Discover a variety of affordable franchise businesses some under $100,000 total investment.
If you have ever wanted to work for yourself, you won’t want to miss this incredibly informative event. 4 hours.
Cyber Security for Small Business
A cyber attack can be devastating to a business that is unprepared. As cyber criminals continue to target small businesses, owners and employees need to know how to protect both their customers and themselves.
Join us for lunch to get practical advice to minimize the risk and damage of an attack
and to learn what opportunities for growth a strong cyber strategy can bring. 2 hours.
Connect With Local Customers Using Google Search
An Exclusive Livestream Event
Bring a bag lunch and join us for a livestream broadcast from Google’s HQ. The broadcast will take a deeper look at the evolving “local” landscape of online search, talk about how this shift will impact businesses, and share some Google tools that can help stay ahead of the curve. 1.5 hours
Navigating Small Business Legalese
Lunch & Learn
How to avoid the most common legal issues facing every business owner. Lunch is included. 2 hours.
Alternative Financing Forum
For businesses or new start-ups in need of finance options. A panel of experts will discuss alternative means for gaining access to the financing. Hosted by Celtic Bank. 1.5 hours