Consulting

Business Consulting

The SBDC offer access to confidential, no-cost, one-on-one professional business consulting for Georgia small business owners who want to grow or start their business. Our consultants have earned advanced degrees in business or management and have extensive practical experience to help both emerging and growing businesses design strategies to make better business decisions and reach their goals.

Our consulting expertise focuses on areas that are vital to accelerating the growth of businesses. Some of these areas are:

Our consultants can help you:

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Is there a cost?

No, consulting is provided at no cost to Georgia small business owners. All clients, their businesses, and related information are kept strictly confidential – we will not provide your information to anyone without your permission.

How do I get started?

  1. To get started, contact a local SBDC office. We have 17 locations across the state of Georgia. If you are a new business, a Business Development Questionnaire (BDQ) may be required. The quickest way for a new business to get in touch with a consultant is to take our “Starting a Business” course. To register for this course, CLICK HERE.
  2. If your business is already established, call your local SBDC office and speak with the Program Coordinator or Administrative Assistant. They can answer any questions you may have and guide you in the right direction to meet with one of our consultants.
  3. After you have completed the BDQ, or, have completed the Request for Consulting Application, you will be contacted by one of our consultants to get started on your path to success.

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Ready to get started?

Click the button to your right to complete our Business Profile questionnaire that assists us in pairing you with the correct tools/resources and consultant.

FAQ's

Have a question? Click the button below to view the most frequently asked questions by our clients.

What Our Clients Say

APPAREL ADVENTURE TO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

  • Posted by Macy Thomas
  • On August 23, 2019
Carlton Grubb could teach students in the University of Georgia Terry College of Business’ Entrepreneurship Program a thing or two about running a successful home-based business when she goes to […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Full Knowledge of Funding Options Helps Launch New Macon Brewpub

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On June 15, 2017
“I found out that Josh and the SBDC were resources small businesses could use, for free. I thought, ‘Wow, here’s a guy who’s like an extension of my staff. Why wouldn’t I go to him?’ We got to talking, and he told me about the financing, market analysis and other help he could provide."
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New Model Adds Greater Value to Celebrated South Georgia Winery

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On November 2, 2016
“The Cowarts were already successfully producing a value-added product in the winery. You could see the potential for adding another business,” says Finney. “We put together all the pieces that showed how the distillery would work and how they would use more of their wine in the product.”
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Sound Business Practices Help Athens Medical Practice Expand Into Underserved Areas

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 29, 2016
Dr. Ram K. and Aru Reddy are in the business of “helping people feel better when they need it the most.” Partners in an enterprise that adds urgently needed medical care to underserved communities in northeast Georgia, this husband and wife team is also steadily adding to the employment rolls of the small cities and towns they serve.
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SBDC Clients Earns 2016 Small Business Person of the Year

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 26, 2016
Catherine Downey didn’t find an easy way to success. She did find what works: hard work and dedication to a vision. Catherine Downey started her first business with “a pen and a legal pad” so she could work at home […]
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Dead-On Financial Projections Lead to Success for Atlanta Movie Tours Start-Up

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 19, 2016
Moving a small business from start-up to growth mode requires a leap of faith, hard work and difficult, strategic decision-making. Carrie Sagel Burns has the” leap of faith” part down, regularly suspending disbelief in thousands of visitors who ride around Atlanta in buses guided by former zombie extras, an actress portraying author Margaret Mitchell or character actors from The Hunger Games.
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Passion for Pets Pays Off

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On March 23, 2016
Crook acquired the loan and opened her business. About five years later, she approached McDonell for help obtaining a $1 million SBA 504 loan, which she used to purchase land and build the first Pawtropolis. Five years after that, with 25 employees and trainers, an award-winning business and a facility filled to capacity, Crook again turned to the SBDC. After attending the GrowSmart™ program, she asked McDonell to help her create projections for a $2.2 million loan she received and will use to build a second, larger facility on land she had purchased.
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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 […]
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Finding the Right Ingredients

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On November 5, 2015
Chef Doug Turbush has garnered more than 15 years of experience and rave reviews in the restaurant industry. But the kitchen wasn’t his end goal when he began earning a […]
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Versatile Mold and Design

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 15, 2015
Strategic Planning Expands Markets for Rutledge Mold and Tooling Manufacturer Inventiveness and responsiveness have long been trademarks of the Heusser family business, Versatile Mold and Design. But like many small […]
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Dreaming Cow

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 5, 2015
Expansion Financing Essential for Rapidly Growing Thomasville Producer Kyle and Janelle Wehner started Dreaming Cow in 2009 to test whether their yogurt concept could be built into a national brand. […]
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Mary Hester, LAN Systems

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On January 14, 2015
Strategic Planning Leads Norcross Technology Firm to Greater Profits After leading an IT department that had won several awards for another technical firm, Mary Hester acquired LAN Systems in January 2008 “We did the […]
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