Can I Export My Products …. and Where?

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 5, 2016
American companies make excellent products; they really do. And many of these products are sold all over the world, but some never leave the country. There are several reasons things can or cannot be exported, including their price, overseas demand, technical competitiveness, and sometimes a company’s own willingness or reluctance to undertake the export process.
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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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Don’t Overlook These Issues When Buying a Small Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 3, 2016
The “boom” in the number of Americans reaching retirement age is driving an increase in the number of small businesses being sold by owners wishing to retire. As a result of this trend, I and my fellow consultants at the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) work frequently with clients wanting our help in the acquisition of one of those small businesses. I […]
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3 Ways to Organize Your Sales Team for Success

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 2, 2016
One of the most common mistakes early stage entrepreneurs make is assuming that their product or service will “sell itself.” With very few exceptions, this is almost never the case; sales success is usually the combination of hard work, persistence, and having a well-organized sales strategy. One of the key reasons the “selling itself” myth is so persistent is that […]
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Business Loan Application Tips Borrowers Can Take to the Bank

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 2, 2016
Whether it’s to start, operate, expand or acquire a business, capital is required. Just how much is available, and what it will cost depends on each business’s unique situation and the personal financial position of its ownership. These two factors are so important that they find their way into the starting lineup of every loan application. Borrowers who have a good understanding of […]
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SBDC Clients Earns 2016 Small Business Person of the Year

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 26, 2016
Catherine Downey didn’t find an easy way to success. She did find what works: hard work and dedication to a vision. Catherine Downey started her first business with “a pen and a legal pad” so she could work at home after her first child was born. Today, she has four grown children and one of the fastest growing companies in Atlanta. She’s also garnered a hard-earned honor: she […]
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UGA SBDC Helps Entrepreneur Through Contest

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 12, 2016
“There’s a value to doing a business plan whether you are part of a competition or not,” Butler said. “But when you’re part of a competition, it kind of intensifies their effort, their focus on it and also allows them to gain some feedback.”
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Lessons We Can Learn from March Madness

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 5, 2016
Growing up, almost every kid dreams of playing for their favorite childhood team and winning a National Championship. However, most kids don’t get to live out those dream… unless your are Ryan Achidiacono, who grew up eating, breathing and sleeping Villanova Wildcat basketball and then led his team last night (Monday, April 4, 2016) to […]
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