If a small business has a problem with growth, it’s usually one of two issues: Either the business isn’t growing fast enough, or the growth is uncontrolled. The SBDC has experienced consultants who can help small businesses create a strategy and action plan for growth that includes attention to each of the major areas of a small business: operations, finance, marketing, and human resources.
As part of the SBDC’s assistance, consultants will help a small business owner and key team members assess the business’s current situation and needs, create goals for the future direction of the business, and formulate plans for each area of the business to reach those goals. The plans will include strategies for acquiring the needed resources (human, physical, intellectual, and financial) to achieve success.
Along with one-on-one assistance, small business owners and managers can benefit from the SBDC’s customized continuing education offerings. There are classes suitable for each stage of a business’s growth: start-ups, small operations, and larger multi-tiered employer firms.
Here is a brief update on something called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). This is a game changer for government contractors dealing with DOD in either a prime or sub contracting capacity and goes into effect January 2020 (timeline below). For those aware of the significance of CMMC, there is a true sense of […]
Throughout my life there has been one constant factor in my business and sports career and that factor has been change. When I first entered professional football it was quite an adjustment. I had to change my routines and communicate to my new team, especially the snapper and holder, the critical value they bring to the […]
Stan Greene, owner of Greene Machine and Manufacturing, was ready to retire when he asked Larry Collins, who had worked with Greene since the late 1990s, if he would be interested in purchasing the business. Before making a decision, Larry and his wife, Gwen, attended a class for start-ups offered by the University of Georgia […]
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 […]
When Jennifer Peterson was young, her father, an architect, would draw designs for the veterinary practice she hoped to own someday. While enrolled in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, she participated in what was then a new program—an entrepreneurial rotation that teaches teach future vets how to run a business. Peterson was among the first […]
In case you missed the first post of this blog series, How to Connect Through Experience, this blog post is part of a three post series which serves as an overview/background for an upcoming National ABSDC Conference presentation delivered by Michael Myers (Consultant for UGA SBDC in Athens) and myself (J. Ashley Panter, Marketing Manager at […]
The basic theory of behavioral economics is that consumers often act against their own economic best interests when making decisions, due to a variety of biases. According to Customer Experience Psychologist Liraz Margalit, Ph.D., while logic plays a large part in the decision making process when it comes to life purchases (such as insurance or […]
Creative Internet Authority is more than a name for Montina Portis’s Roswell-based video marketing business. Establishing one’s authority and creating a reputation for knowledge and opinions that are respected by one’s peers has been so essential to her success that she speaks on the topic at industry conferences around the country. Portis knew she’d need […]
Ellijay farmer John Reece can see the house he grew up in from the Apple House at his Ellijay business, BJ Reece Orchards. John and his wife Rachel have grown the business his father started with 30 acres into a popular 130-acre agribusiness attraction known for its “world-famous” fried apple pies, so named by their […]