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GrowSmart

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On January 8, 2015
Whether you’ve been in business for twenty years or two years, SBDC GrowSmart™ can align your vision for your business with the steps to get you there. 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 […]
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Drew Tonsmeire

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Drew Tonsmeire serves as the Area Director with the University of Georgia SBDC at Kennesaw State University.  In 2014, the KSU SBDC was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as the Southeastern United States winner of the SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, (similar to the Small Business of the Year award). With more than twenty-one years’ experience within the UGA SBDC organization, his consulting expertise in strategic marketing, financial packaging, and overall business management has impacted thousands of business owners. His background includes service as President and CEO of a local Chamber of Commerce, as well as, experience in retail, manufacturing, and service environments. Drew is also a certified instructor for Google, eBay University, and GrowSmart.  Mr. Tonsmeire was a recipient for the 2014 Best Continuing Education Program and the 2011 Project of the Year Award for his team contributions in digital marketing training and consulting initiatives. Drew was also recognized as the 2004 Consultant of the Year by the UGA SBDC.  He serves as Chair for America’s SBDC conference, which brings together over 1500 SBDC professionals from across the United States for advanced training annually.

Education

  • MBA, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY (Marketing)
  • BBA, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (Marketing)
  • AA, OXFORD COLLEGE OF EMORY UNIVERSITY (Business Administration)

Experience

  • CARTERSVILLE-BARTOW COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (President & CEO)

Accomplishments

  • Certified Google Small Business Trainer
  • Certified eBay Education Specialist
  • GrowSmart Facilitator
  • FastTrac Facilitator
  • UGA SBDC Consultant of the Year 2004
  • America’s SBDC State Star 2005
  • UGA SBDC Project of the Year Winner 2011
  • UGA SBDC Best Continuing Education Winner 2014

Leadership

  • Chair, America’s SBDC  Professional Development and Conference Committee
  • Kennesaw State University Economic Development Committee
  • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Cobb Competitive Edge Seed 2 Committee Member
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Certification Leads to Larger Orders, Greater Growth for Macon Fabrication Shop

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 13, 2019
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 […]
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Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Georgia’s Sugar Bowl Loss

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 2, 2019
Let’s be honest… most of Dawgnation is waking up this morning like: But you know what? Failure happens. It happens to us all… especially to entrepreneurs… it’s inevitable. The worst part about failure is the feeling of being crushed, defeated, and as if you’ll never be a successful entrepreneur (or a National Championship winning football […]
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