Richie Grantham first came to the UGA SBDC in Columbus in 2008. He had purchased Sunshine Banners and Signs and was seeking guidance on how to best structure this business and prepare it for growth. The SBDC’s GrowSmart program was accepting applications, so Grantham applied and was accepted. After attending the five-week program, Grantham learned how to organize the business and set in motion a strategic plan to propel the business into the future.
Nine years later, Grantham is happy to report that monthly sales are approximately 350 times greater than in 2008! Over this time period, the Columbus office has worked with Grantham on several different occasions, including QuickBooks education and assistance with human resource expansion opportunities.
Today, Sunshine Banners and Signs is equipped to handle much bigger projects than it was in 2008, and is considering adding a new location in Middle Georgia. UGA SBDC in Columbus Area Director, Mark Lupo, credits Grantham’s motivation to learn as the spark for his company’s growth.
“Richie has done very well for himself and his employees. He has taken a ‘learn and do’ approach to running Sunshine Banners and Signs, and he works hard to apply what he has learned. The results speak for themselves,” says Lupo.