SBDC, Wells Fargo Partnership Near 10-Year Anniversary

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
For almost 10 years, SBDC StartSmart™, an eight-week small business education program, has been a staple for new and emerging entrepreneurs who want to learn to plan, market and manage their businesses. Wells Fargo has been the statewide sponsor of the program since 2007, and with their financial support, many small business owners and prospective […]
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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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Financial Projections Expand and Support a Savannah Tradition

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
By all accounts, the Gretchen Greene School of Dance is a Savannah tradition. Founded in 1969 by a Savannah native who danced as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, the school now teaches the children and grandchildren of many an aspiring young ballerina and tap dancer who first graced its studios. So many new young […]
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SBDC Employees Love Working with Small Businesses – And It Shows!

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
Perhaps this employee summed it up best: “We serve the public in a very real way that is very satisfying and makes you feel good about what you are doing. The employees here strive to make our contribution to society a very real experience and offer the best we can be…”
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Deepak Chopra’s 7 Tips for Business Success

  • Posted by Helen Sutherland
  • On September 8, 2016
We asked the world-renowned spiritual guru for advice on how to make your business dreams come true. When I talked with Deepak Chopra, he was in a car en route to his meditation center in Carlsbad, Calif. The spiritual guru was on the freeway at the time and a train rolled by above him on […]
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How This Founder Uses His Competitiveness to Succeed in Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 8, 2016
Matt Ehrlichman, CEO and co-founder of Porch, a home-services platform connecting homeowners to home improvement resources, is clearly a competitive man. When he was in elementary school he wanted to be a professional athlete, a pro-basketball player, and the competitive attitude that often comes from sports has certainly transferred into business with him. He likes to […]
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The Entrepreneur with 1000 Faces: A Formula for Success

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On August 15, 2016
The entrepreneurial process can be mapped according to the same story formula that Hollywood uses in our favorite epic films.  The formula comes from a model called the Hero’s Journey, which was developed by writer, professor, and mythologist Joseph Campbell.  In his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, he analyzed thousands of stories, myths, […]
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Targeting Your Customers

  • Posted by Emily Ambrose
  • On July 18, 2016
A lot of business owners feel that they have to market to the whole world – or at least their whole city/county/community.  It scares them to consciously make a decision not to market to some segment (or segments) of their universe. As small business owners, we don’t have huge marketing budgets.  So, it really is […]
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5 Tips for Using Facebook Ads

  • Posted by Emily Ambrose
  • On July 13, 2016
As of July 2016, Facebook announced the decline in your organic reach for business page. The main reason for that is because Facebook wants to show users what they want to see from their friends. Facebook has a great handle on what is important to you based on who and what you interact with most […]
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