Sales Training Boot Camp

This program will help the small business owner:

  • Improve their sales strategies
  • Identify new business opportunities
  • Overcome objections and

Wed. April 10 | 9am – 3pm
includes a light breakfast and also lunch

Drive Business Results with Google Ads

Join us at our facility for a Google livestream (during National Small Business Week) focusing on teaching the basics of advertising online with Google Ads.

Wed. May 8 | 11:30am – 1pm | Free (on-site)

CEO Round Table

Join us for networking and conversation about hot topics to grow your business. A different topic each quarter. on a Friday.


$10  |  includes a light breakfast
free for FastTrac Venture and GrowSMART past attendees (call for promo code)

Friday, May 3 | Digital Marketing Strategies to Drive Local Customers to Your Business

Digital Marketing Strategies Lunch & LearnBusiness

Learn specific steps to drive local customers to your business.

Friday, May 3 | 10am-1pm | $39
includes lunch

Sponsored by PersistSEO


Doing Business with GDOT

Learn how to qualify with GDOT to become a Routine Maintenance Contractor with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Wed. April 24 | 10am-Noon | Free

Government Contracting & Small Business Certifications

An introductory program to understand the typical procurement process and how you can more efficiently gain a foothold in federal contracting. Also, learn about related small business certifications and how to leverage them.

Two sessions to choose from:

Wed. April 24 | 1pm-3pm | $39

Wed. August 28 | 1pm-3pm | $39

Doing Business with the University of Georgia

UGA Procurement staff members will provide small business owners with information on how to build a purchasing relationship with UGA, information on its DOAS eSource system, and much more.

Wed. August 28 | 10am-Noon | $39

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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.

Past Training

What Do You Need To Know To Succeed on LinkedIn?

Are you maximizing your potential on the professional social networking site, LinkedIn? This class is designed to teach business owners and key managers how they can leverage their personal networks and maximize influence in their market to grow business.

Friday | February 8
10:00am – 12:00pm


If your business is ready for growth, SBDC GrowSMART gives you the tools and strategies to reach your goals. GrowSMART was developed by the UGA SBDC to meet the needs of growing businesses. Combining the latest ideas with timeless principles, GrowSMART will propel your business forward! UGA SBDC training has helped thousands of business owners build a foundation for growth. GrowSMART is the product of our experience and commitment to Georgia’s small businesses.

This program gets results! In full day weekly sessions, learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO.

Tuesdays | One day a week for 5 weeks
February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, and March 19

Sponsors: Georgia Power & Atlantic Capital Bank

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 4 weeks | 9:00am-4:00pm
next class in Athens: January 2020

Wells Fargo - Statewide Sponsor

Lunch & Learn: New Tax Laws and How They Benefit the Small Business Owner

Hear from a tax expert what you need to do NOW to get the most benefit from the new tax plan for your business. 2 hours.

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. Held each fall in Athens. 5 hours.

2018 Sponsors:


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. Vendor opportunities available. 4 hours.

2018 Sponsors:

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.

  • Federal Contracting & Small Biz Certifications, 2 hours
  • Doing Business with UGA, 1.5 hours

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.

Franchising Forum

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.

Sponsored by:

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