Since 1977, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center has been committed to helping Georgia's small businesses grow.

Who would have thought that an idea in 1975 by a former Dean of the University of Georgia would flourish into a national network of over 1,000 service centers… with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center being one of the very first SBDC pilot programs in 1977.

Today, the UGA SBDC has assisted over 500,000 small business owners in Georgia and has greatly contributed to UGA’s economic impact on the state of Georgia.

Whether a business is just starting out or is already established, the UGA SBDC provides the tools, education and resources to help businesses build their businesses to withstand the test of time.


New business and creation of jobs are the lifeblood of our economy. Over the last 5 years, individuals who have sought assistance from the UGA SBDC have created over 1,700 new businesses and have added over 13,000 new jobs.


We offer business training in specialized subjects for experienced entrepreneurs as well as basics for those considering starting a business. Our classes are offered all around the state of Georgia.


Infusions of capital enable firms to finance future growth. Over the last five years, the UGA SBDC assisted clients with accessing over $840 million through loans and equity financing.


The UGA SBDC has knowledgeable experts, access to robust business research databases and resources that can help you successfully navigate through obstacles that come with the stages of the business life cycle.


With the help of the UGA SBDC International Trade Center with financial assistance and education of an exporting tax-filing status, Rotorcorp, was able to double their growth from 2016 to 2017 and now serves more than 1,000 customers in 45 countries.

“I really look back over the last 3 years since our relationship began and I can now see that that relationship has served as a touchstone for most of our growth.” Sean Casey, Co-Owner, Rotorcorp

Life as a member of the UGA SBDC team is truly a calling, as it is our ambition to help others. We continue to challenge ourselves year-in and year-out to bring innovative services to the market that will help our clients reach their business goals through our no-cost consulting services.

The education we provide, through both our consulting services and our low-cost continuing business education, shows positive impacts at the business level and at the level of the state economy. As a public service, we must ensure that we are working to meet the needs of the Small Business market within the framework of our national origins as set by the U.S. Congress, as well as within our own mission, vision, and these values.

Hence why the UGA SBDC has earned the respect of our clients and stakeholders and have been designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance.

Popular Courses


Learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO, create a framework to improve the performance of your business, and shape the success of your business for years to come. Work ON your business, not just IN your business!


Digital Marketing Bootcamp is an interactive workshop with multiple sessions where small business owners will learn how to apply effective tactics to build their digital brand, expand their market, and acquire new customers.


Owning your own business is the American dream. Building it to withstand the test of time requires a unique set of tools.  SBDC StartSmart™ provides the resources, support, and motivation to put your dream within reach.


Learn how to find profitable export markets, develop distribution channels, understand foreign and U.S. regulatory issues, pricing and costing company products, how to submit international quotations, process accounts receivable and recognize legal and cultural considerations.


With the help of the UGA SBDC, Honeysuckle Gelato was able to grow sales by over 800%, add 10 full-time and 15 part-time staff members, open a retail shop, have secured lucrative commercial contracts, including Whole Foods and Delta Airlines, and continue to work with the SBDC as they expand both nationally and internationally.

“Being accountable to someone else is really important. That has allowed us to take the time to be intentional about our business. Our work with the SBDC has taught us how to make sure we’re asking ourselves the right questions and that we’re positioned to act on everything we put on paper.” Wes Jones, Co-Owner, Honeysuckle Gelato

Our Locations

With 17 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem since 1977 to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The UGA Small Business Development Center is a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia and is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.


Our Partners:

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.