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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. In full or half day weekly sessions, learn to analyze, plan and manage your business like a seasoned CEO. *Application Acceptance Required


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.

In just 8 three-hour sessions, learn to plan and analyze your vision by creating a thoroughly researched and tested business plan. All sessions are led by experienced SBDC facilitators who help create a unique and powerful learning experience. *Application Acceptance Required


By the last working session you will have identified prospects in your best export marketing, and you will be prepared to communicate and negotiate with them.

You will actually be implementing what you are learning during five working sessions. Dedicated, experienced trade professionals provide you with hands-on consulting support.

You MUST apply to this course and meet the criteria represented on the application.


The SBDC Maximum Series provides small business owners with the tools and resources they need to develop business strategy and improve performance. The series is a community based learning environment with fast-paced sessions that include outside speakers, interactive exercises and group activities.

By design, the SBDC Maximum Series helps to strengthen relationships with resource partners and participants in the hosting community. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in voluntary, private counseling sessions with an SBDC consultant to discuss participants’ specific business issues and challenges.

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Digital Marketing Bootcamp

DIGITALFull day of interactive sessions teaching you how to integrate technology and marketing in the digital space to increase profits and gain customers.

Cost: $49 | Level: Intermediate

Starting a Business

StartSmartCovers important tools and resources a business owner needs to establish a solid foundation during its early formative years.

Cost: $69 | Level: Beginner

Boots to Business

Boots to BusinessA Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop for armed forces veterans. MILITARY ONLY.

Cost: FREE | Level: Beginner

Develop Import/Export Business

Developing IE BizThis series will cover several key topics on how to successfully develop an import/export business.

Cost: $50 | Level: Intermediate

Financing a Business

Financing a BizThis workshop will show you how to finance a start-up or growing business and how to prepare a winning package for any type of financial assistance.

Cost: $69 | Level: Beginner

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a Biz Plan

A customized step by step integrated action plan that is essential to the success of your business.

Cost: $69 | Level: Beginner

Managing by the Numbers

Managing by the Numbers

This two-hour workshop presents a practical approach to understanding financial information.

Cost: $69 | Level: Beginner

Pricing for Profit

Pricing for ProfitLearn better pricing tactics and strategies that drive sales and profits. Program provides an actionable framework for developing pricing strategies and tactics.

Cost: $50 | Level: Intermediate

Google Tools for Biz

Google Apps

Learn more about the cloud and how it can transform the way you work, how Google’s tools can make you more productive, and get hands-on experience!

Cost: $49 | Level: Beginner

Small Business Finance Forum

Financing ForumA free financial workshop for small businesses or new start-ups in need of alternative finance options.

Cost: FREE | Level: Beginner

Proposals & Grant Writing

Writing a Biz PlanCovers the proper format, administrative procedures, and specific requirements; also beneficial to those seeking government grants.

Cost: $29 | Level: Beginner

Raising Capital for Small Business

Raising CapitalAn overview of the aspects of raising capital from investors, and will highlight recent changes in state and federal law which provide new opportunities.

Cost: $50 | Level: Beginner

CPEs for CPAs

CPEs for CPAs

Featuring industry-expert speakers and relevant topics. Participants can gain a total of 24 CPEs and 16 A&As in ten sessions

Cost: $139 | Level: Advanced

Employment Law for Business

Employment Law for BizDesigned to provide business owners and HR professionals with information to help them manage their employees.

Cost: FREE | Level: Intermediate

UGA SBDC Credit School

Credit School

An intensive one‐day workshop that will teach you everything you need to know about getting a business loan – from start to finish.

Cost: $69 | Level: Beginning

Hiring to Win

Hiring to WinTo name a few, the following topics will be addressed: superior performance, the hiring process, three places to fix “people problems,” and more!

Cost: $49 | Level: Intermediate

8(a) Certification

8aDesigned to help socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to mainstream American opportunities.

Cost: FREE | Level: Intermediate

Grow. Manage. Fund.

Grow. Manage. FundThis series teaches small businesses how to grow their business, get funding, and manage it successfully.

Cost: $149 | Level: Intermediate

SBA Loan Requirements

SBA Loan requirementsProvides information on the types of SBA loans, how to write the loan proposal, documentation requirements, and the loan review process.

Cost: FREE | Level: Beginner

Procurement Bootcamp

Procurement BootcampLearn from expert presenters about certifications such as 8A, WBE, MBE, that give your company the competitive edge in landing contracts.

Cost: $69 | Level: Beginner

Doing Business with UGA

UGAInformation on how to build a purchasing relationship with UGA, information on its DOAS eSource system, and much more.

Cost: FREE | Level: Beginner

How to Market Business to FPC’s

Federal Contractors

During this course, participants will learn: who are the federal prime contractors and requirements of the federal prime contractors.

Cost: $20 | Level: Intermediate

Navigating Internet to Find Procurement


This course will show small business owners how to identify resources to conduct primary and secondary electronic research.

Cost: FREE | Level: Intermediate

Medical Profit Drivers


Learn how to build a practice performance dashboard that will give you a daily one-page view of all the critical factors impacting your practice’s cash-flow and profit.

Cost: $49 | Level: Intermediate