Why StartSMART and GrowSMART? The Value of Business Training

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On February 5, 2019
A guy I used to work with, in public safety, Steve Mattoon, used to say, “In a critical situation, we do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”  That statement is as true in law enforcement and the military as it is in running a small […]
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SBA Disaster Assistance: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael

  • Posted by Mark Lupo
  • On February 1, 2019
On the evening of Tuesday, October 10th, Hurricane Michael entered the state of Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane.  According to the National Weather Service, “Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall along the Florida panhandle as well as the first major hurricane (Category 3+) to directly impact Georgia since the […]
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A UGA-Assisted Doggy Day Care and Dog Treat Bakery in Savannah is Thriving

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 23, 2019
When Tonya and Nick Rintye decided to open a day care and boarding facility for dogs, they went to the UGA Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) in Savannah for assistance. They learned right away that they needed more than an idea to start a business. “I didn’t have any money to put down on a […]
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Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Georgia’s Sugar Bowl Loss

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 2, 2019
Let’s be honest… most of Dawgnation is waking up this morning like: But you know what? Failure happens. It happens to us all… especially to entrepreneurs… it’s inevitable. The worst part about failure is the feeling of being crushed, defeated, and as if you’ll never be a successful entrepreneur (or a National Championship winning football […]
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Customer Service for the Holidays

  • Posted by Geoffrey Loften
  • On November 21, 2018
It’s that time again. The most wonderful time of the year. With kids jingle belling (and cash registers too hopefully) and everyone telling you be of good cheer- just like the famous song. And within all of that – your customers are busy searching for the best deals, the greatest gadgets, and the hottest new […]
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Small Business in Music

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On November 16, 2018
In the 2018 edition of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center’s international award-winning publication, “Small Business and Its Impact on Georgia,” the article below titled, “Spotlight Industries in Georgia: Music,” was featured. Georgia isn’t always the first place that comes to mind when someone thinks of the music industry. Cities like Nashville, Los Angeles, […]
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