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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Small Businesses Fail for Consistent Reasons

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On July 24, 2018
The statistics on small business failure vary widely depending on the report and the source. Some say nine out of 10 while others put the first year failure rate as low as 20 percent. As a small business owner, you may not care what the actual number is as long as you are not one […]
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GrowSmart® Brings The Business Long View To An Atlanta Production Company

  • Posted by Sara Bertolini
  • On March 2, 2018
Wendy Eley Jackson possesses the creative credentials eagerly sought by film and television production companies. She developed her artistry while working at TriStar, Sony and TBS. After a while in the industry, though, 60-hour weeks and a desire for a balanced lifestyle led her to form her own company, Golden Street Entertainment, in 1999. She had […]
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From Model to Medical Practice

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 23, 2018
Solid financial planning turns unique vision into thriving middle Georgia practice. After several years of working in other practices, Dr. Jeff Langford, a specialist in allergy and immunology, wanted to drive quality control himself. He also knew much of Middle Georgia’s population lacked easy access to his specialty. So he developed a new practices model […]
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An Elf’s Success

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 21, 2017
The UGA SBDC helped catapult “The Elf on the Shelf” to stardom. Here’s how:   Since helping Carol Aebersold and her twins, Christa Pitts and Chanda Bell launch the best-selling holiday book in 2004, the UGA Small Business Development Center has continued to provide support and guidance to the Kennesaw-based company. “The Elf on the […]
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