SBDC opens client’s eyes to opportunities for Sugarcoat Beauty success

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On May 4, 2022
  Peiru Kim came to the United States from Taiwan when she was just 13. After witnessing how hard her parents worked, she committed to also working hard to pay them back for their sacrifices and to make them proud.   Kim took a traditional career route, graduating from Georgia Tech and working as an […]
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UGA SBDC Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On May 2, 2022
  Ryan Loew is a Covington-based entrepreneur whose equipment maintenance company has expanded from 20 employees in 2016 to more than 150 industry professionals today.   As president of Process Equipment and Controls, he works with clients in the U.S. and abroad, including Fortune 500 companies that have outsourced their equipment and maintenance needs to […]
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Side hustle becomes big business for UGA SBDC client

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On April 20, 2022
  In 1999, Jason Jones started renting out sound equipment for local concerts and theater productions as a side hustle to support his aspirations as a musician. Over 20 years later, the side job has become a multimillion-dollar business, S&L Integrated.   S&L Integrated now operates on a national scale, with a multi-state staff of […]
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Independent Pharmacy Starts Strong with Planning and Lending Guidance

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On January 13, 2022
Pharmacists Briana Aycock and Sarah Swinson, both University of Georgia College of Pharmacy graduates, worked six years together to create a hometown pharmacy feel at the Walmart Pharmacy in Baxley. Eventually, they knew they would have to go independent to fully achieve this dream for their patients.   They began planning in April 2020. While […]
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The UPS Store in Smyrna, GA

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 1, 2021
Essential Business in Smyrna Turns to UGA For Assistance During Pandemic Joseph is the owner of The UPS Store located on Cobb Pkwy in Smyrna, Georgia. The UPS Store is a locally owned franchise offering a range of products and services designed specifically to help and support small business owners in the local community.    In 2012 a bank recommended Joseph contact a local UGA […]
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The Therapy Tree in Douglas

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 1, 2021
Sound Business Fundamentals and Pandemic Loan Assistance Help Douglas Business Thrive   Teresa McElroy’s business, The Therapy Tree, is a lifeline for families throughout Southeast Georgia who need occupational, speech and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for their children, many of whom are autistic.    She launched the business with one patient in her family’s trailer in 2008. A dozen years later, her staff of 35 therapists serves nearly 500 children at offices in Douglas, Fitzgerald, Hazlehurst, Baxley, and Vidalia. In […]
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Team Clermont in Athens

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 1, 2021
UGA helped Team Clermont stay afloat after COVID-19 shut down live music venues and banned large gatherings   Nelson Wells has been promoting musical releases and musicians in Athens and beyond since 1997. When the pandemic hit, it threatened to shut his business down as well.     “People stopped spending money and activities in general just froze,” said Wells, whose company, Team Clermont, includes two full-time and two part-time employees […]
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Leads Near Me in Lawrenceville

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 1, 2021
Strategic and Succession Planning Prepare Visionary Agency Owner to Lead Like a CEO  The secret sauce in Ryan Burton’s digital marketing agency, Leads Near Me, is that he and his team lead with love.     “We have a great team of very special people here working for clients we adore and love,” said Burton. “Our work is based on one principle: we care. We love our clients. Caring and doing the […]
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