Allow Us to (Re)Introduce Ourselves

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 25, 2016
As the year starts anew, we thought it would be a good time to introduce ourselves to our many recent subscribers who have asked to receive our newsletter. Our faithful friends and supporters may also learn something new about us, as we are always adding to our skill sets in order to help grow Georgia’s innovative small businesses.   Humble Beginnings The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) […]
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Foreign Receivables Insurance: A Tool to Grow Your Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 20, 2016
If you have a business that sells product or service internationally, or if you are considering selling your product or service to foreign buyers, you may want to consider using receivables insurance as a way to grow your business and mitigate risks commonly associated with international sales. If you are selling internationally, the least risky […]
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Using Online Video in a Different Way

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 19, 2016
The previous 12 months marked quite the year for online marketing with one of the biggest trends being the use of video marketing. In fact, the company Hubspot called 2015 the year of video marketing. People use their free time to just pull out their phone or tablet and watch a video. According to Groupon […]
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How Running A Small Business is Like Coaching a Football Team

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 11, 2016
It may not be something that often crosses your mind, but football coaches and small business owners have a lot in common. Both professions require leadership, dedication, commitment and a strong work ethic in order to succeed. Just like football coaches, as a small business owner, you must take on many roles to ensure everybody […]
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Front Desk Employees

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 6, 2016
During our Medical Practice Profit Drivers class we ask participants what area of the practice they think is the most critical to driving profits: clinical, front desk or billing?  The question always generates lively debate with an almost equal split among people forcefully arguing for one of the three departments. When the front desk faction […]
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Making Something Out of Nothing – Money is No Excuse

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 21, 2015
Assisting entrepreneurs to estimate their funding needs, whether launching a new business or expanding an existing one, is a service we provide at the UGA SBDC. Identifying sources of capital and gaining access is another area of support. That said, tracking how businesses are funded is an important and interesting part of our job. Over […]
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Economic Impact of The UGA SBDC

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 21, 2015
The annual economic impact study of the University of Georgia SBDC, published in August of 2015, provides solid evidence that entrepreneurs utilizing SBDC assistance experience employment growth significantly greater than the state average. All clients who received five or more hours of consulting in 2013 received a questionnaire that inquired as to the benefit of […]
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Lessons From a Small Business Owner

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 15, 2015
There is certainly no shortage of business advice out there, and I read just about everything I come across. But sometimes it leaves me scratching my head and wondering who exactly is the person giving the advice and have they ever actually owned a small business. So as my holiday gift to you, I am […]
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Should I Have an App for My Business?

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 14, 2015
In this age of handheld interaction with smartphones and tablets, businesses need to engage their customer base as much as possible. What better way than with a mobile app? But before launching into the new world of app development, business owners should answer three major questions.   What do you want the app to do? […]
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Last Minute Holiday Email Ideas

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 10, 2015
A tool like email marketing makes it quick and easy to promote your business and drive sales during the holiday season. Whether you sell products to customers, offer services to other businesses, or run a nonprofit organization — there are plenty of last-minute emails you can send out before the end of the year.
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