StartSmart

UGA SBDC StartSmart

Why Choose StartSmart?

If you can dream it, we can help! Building a business takes the right tools—and a lot of hard work. SBDC StartSmart™ will show you the way.

SBDC StartSmart™ Gets Results:

  • Evaluate & refine your business concept
  • Improve your knowledge of business concepts
  • Research markets and competition
  • Develop a financial forecast to improve chances of success
  • Develop a thorough, practical business plan
  • On-going consulting from SBDC professionals keeps you on track

SBDC StartSmart™ was developed by The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. The program is facilitated by specially trained SBDC Consultants and utilizes an award winning textbook by renowned author Rhonda Abrams. To see a Program Overview and Topics Covered in the program, click the links.

Program Overview

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.

SBDC StartSmart™ provides the tools to:

  • Evaluate your concept and develop plans to move forward.
  • Improve knowledge of business fundamentals.
  • Build an infrastructure for business operations and processes.

SBDC StartSmart™ graduates acquire:

  • An actionable business plan.
  • Access to financial and business resources.
  • A network of entrepreneurial peers and professionals.

In this multi-session program, 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.

Dates and Locations

January
Athens  (UGA SBDC in Athens)
January 23 | January 30 | February 06 | February 13 | February 20
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
January 23
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Athens  (UGA SBDC in Athens)
January 23 | January 30 | February 06 | February 13 | February 20
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00


Email us for more details or call 7065427436.
Kennesaw  (KSU Center)
January 29 | January 31 | February 05 | February 07 | February 12 | February 14 | February 19 | February 22
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
January 29
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Kennesaw  (KSU Center)
January 29 | January 31 | February 05 | February 07 | February 12 | February 14 | February 19 | February 22
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00


Email us for more details or call 4705786450.
February
Atlanta  (UGA SBDC in DeKalb )
February 05 | February 07 | February 12 | February 19 | February 21 | February 26 | February 28 | March 05
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
February 05
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Atlanta  (UGA SBDC in DeKalb )
February 05 | February 07 | February 12 | February 19 | February 21 | February 26 | February 28 | March 05
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00


Email us for more details or call 7704143110.
Atlanta  (The Marke' Venue)
February 08 | February 15 | February 22 | March 01
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
February 08
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Atlanta  (The Marke' Venue)
February 08 | February 15 | February 22 | March 01
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00


Email us for more details or call 4044137830.
February 16 | February 23 | March 02 | March 09
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
February 16
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February 16 | February 23 | March 02 | March 09
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00
Owning a small business is the cornerstone of the American economy. Building your business 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.


Email us for more details or call 6784665100.
Savannah  (UGA SBDC)
February 26 | March 05 | March 12 | March 19
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
February 26
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Savannah  (UGA SBDC)
February 26 | March 05 | March 12 | March 19
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00
Go to https://www.georgiasbdc.org/startsmart for complete program description. Early bird discounts available. Application must be completed to be considered for discount and acceptance.


Email us for more details or call 9126513200.
March
Lawrenceville  (UGA Gwinnett Campus)
March 08 | March 15 | March 22 | March 29
08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
March 08
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Lawrenceville  (UGA Gwinnett Campus)
March 08 | March 15 | March 22 | March 29
08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00


Email us for more details or call 678-985-68.
March 08 | March 15 | March 22 | March 29
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
March 08
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March 08 | March 15 | March 22 | March 29
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00
Build your dream to withstand the test of time with SBDC StartSMART™
Owning a small business is the cornerstone of the American economy. Building your business 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.


Email us for more details or call 7065692651.
Macon  (UGA SBDC in Macon)
March 12 | March 19 | March 26 | April 02
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
March 12
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Macon  (UGA SBDC in Macon)
March 12 | March 19 | March 26 | April 02
09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Program Cost: $495.00


Email us for more details or call 4787573609.

Module Overview

Eight modules cover critical issues for new businesses:

  1. Foundations for a Successful Business
  2. Marketing Analysis & Research
  3. Capturing the Market
  4. Efficient Operations
  5. Financial Foundations
  6. Financial Plan
  7. Bringing It All Together
  8. Implementing and Presenting the Plan

SBDC StartSmart™ programs include 24 hours of instruction delivered over a period of several weeks.  Schedules may be one three hour module per week, two modules per week (full day session including lunch) or a combination of full and half days.  Check your preferred location for details.

On Your Mark, Get Set. . . Grow!

Designed specifically for new business owners and serious entrepreneurs ready to start a business, SBDC StartSmart provides the resources and support to put your dreams within reach. StartSmart will help you build a business for today’s challenging times!  To get the ball rolling, please complete an application or contact your local SBDC office.

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