Finance And Marketing Assistance Put Tour Operator On The Path To Rapid Growth

  • Posted by Sara Bertolini
  • On July 30, 2018
VIP Tours president Christina Ernst is a seasoned travel agent who grew up in White County. So when the chamber of commerce leadership, county commissioners and local winery owners were looking at how to attract visitors to the region, they invited her to join their meeting. “They wanted advice on what was possible and how […]
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Improved Financials Position Savannah BBQ Owner for Rapid Growth

  • Posted by Sara Bertolini
  • On March 2, 2018
Bryan Furman was a laser operator at the JCB manufacturing plant in Pooler, GA when he decided to start a small BBQ business on the side.   “I have a passion for cooking and felt like there was no good BBQ where we stayed. And I wanted to be able to leave something for our kids.”  He tried to open a small place in Savannah in 2012, […]
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Funding Your Small Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 23, 2018
Cash is to a business what oxygen is to a human…necessary for survival. Finding the needed cash for your business can be challenging, but with the growth of alternative lenders, there are more options available now for established companies.  Startups on the other hand, may find it more difficult to gain access to cash without […]
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An Elf’s Success

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 21, 2017
The UGA SBDC helped catapult “The Elf on the Shelf” to stardom. Here’s how:   Since helping Carol Aebersold and her twins, Christa Pitts and Chanda Bell launch the best-selling holiday book in 2004, the UGA Small Business Development Center has continued to provide support and guidance to the Kennesaw-based company. “The Elf on the […]
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Heroes to CEOs

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On July 7, 2017
Are you a Veteran with an entrepreneurial idea, or a business that needs a boost? Submit your business plan now for a chance to win a $25,000 grant to help turn your idea into a success.
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Full Knowledge of Funding Options Helps Launch New Macon Brewpub

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On June 15, 2017
“I found out that Josh and the SBDC were resources small businesses could use, for free. I thought, ‘Wow, here’s a guy who’s like an extension of my staff. Why wouldn’t I go to him?’ We got to talking, and he told me about the financing, market analysis and other help he could provide."
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Strong Financials Realize Vision for Clarkston Educational Center Owner

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
Alex Cesar knew from an early age that she’d run a school. Inspired by her grandmother, a principal, Alex would sometimes join her in the classroom. She eventually taught special education in the public schools, but felt stuck in the system. “I always had a vision of running a child-care center that would emphasize learning, […]
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Funding Options for New or Young Farmers

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
For many young farmers there is a deep desire to grow their farming operation, however, most are faced with the challenge of getting financing. Young farmers that are just getting into the business have not had time to build a lot of equity. Because of this, banks will consider the young farmer to be riskier compared to a seasoned farmer. One of the many variables banks will consider is how well the farmer can manage their working capital, and without a history of that from operations, it’s more difficult for a bank to determine the likelihood of repayment. Today, with low commodity prices and smaller margins between expense and revenue, young farmers are exposed to tough decisions and banks are tightening their internal lending policies. Despite this, there are still many opportunities for the young farmer.
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Careful Pre-Planning Helps Complex Industrial Business Secure an SBA Loan

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 4, 2016
Rod Meyer had worked in Minneapolis 25 years with the market-leading industrial x-ray imaging equipment company, rising to vice president of sales and leading a tenfold increase in capital sales, before the company was sold and narrowed its product line. “The new company decided to focus on standard x-ray imaging systems. This decision opened an […]
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