Rapid Growth Requires New Employment Strategies

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On November 11, 2022
When U.S. Army Major Reginald Foster began planning his retirement gig, he and his wife, Zenna, began researching franchise operations. They chose Tropical Smoothie Café and approached the Augusta office for help. The Fosters now employ 58 people and are preparing to open another store in Augusta.
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Strategic Guidance Helps Thomasville Cheesemakers Grow and Thrive 

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On October 26, 2022
UGA business assistance helps Thomasville cheesemakers grow and thrive Jessica and Jeremy Little Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville, Georgia UGA SBDC at Valdosta State University Jessica Little grew up on her family’s farm in South Georgia. Although she loved sustainable agriculture and showing her cows in 4-H, she didn’t want to return to South Georgia and […]
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Seasoned Entrepreneur Experiences Rapid Growth

  • Posted by Joshua Newman
  • On August 26, 2022
Carey Jones has owned many businesses in his lifetime. His newest – Reliable Rolloff Solutions – is a commercial/residential dumpster service he launched with a dear family friend, Donald “DJ” Jones, in Wayne County in 2016. Quickly, Jones realized this company’s challenges differed from those he’d launched earlier.   “I’d never owned a business that […]
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Atlanta Architect Wins Clients and Awards

  • Posted by Joshua Newman
  • On August 26, 2022
Business Knowledge Paired with Stellar Design Wins Clients and Awards for Atlanta Architect   Monica Fenderson loves the design side of architecture, which she practiced in several private firms early in her career. But she wanted to start her own firm, so she took a part-time job as a construction manager for Gwinnett County and […]
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UGA Assists with Launch of Turmeric Business

  • Posted by Joshua Newman
  • On August 26, 2022
South Georgia couple launches turmeric supplement business with UGA assistance When customers ask Diane and Ed Taylor about the pain-relieving properties of turmeric, they tell them about Bo and Tarra.   The two Asian elephants, who live on the 850-acre Elephant Refuge of North America (ERNA) in southern Georgia, no longer suffer from arthritis since […]
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Restaurant Revitalization Fund Supports Americus Staple

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On June 16, 2022
Federal restaurant revitalization fund brings new life to Americus institution     Tracia Tullis and her mom Gladys opened Gladys’ Kitchen in Americus 27 years ago. The country cooking restaurant, known for its crispy fried chicken, signature dessert and the delicious caramelly Butter Roll, is an important community asset, a popular gathering place on weekdays, […]
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Lawn care company exceeds yearly projections with help from SBDC

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On June 6, 2022
  Kyle Flanagan’s roots are in lawn care – the Florida native started mowing lawns in his parents’ neighborhood when he was just 11. He moved to Athens in 2002 to attend the University of Georgia and worked for a regional chem-lawn company to pay for tuition.   As he built connections in the community […]
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Tasting Success

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On May 27, 2022
A family-owned farm in metro Atlanta finds new life as a vineyard   Tucked behind a residential neighborhood near Cobb Parkway in Acworth, this 500-acre farm is an anomaly in an area where builders scoop up available land.     “My grandmother Betty Gilbert bought it back in 1963,” said Emilee Gilbert. “Her father told […]
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