A UGA-Assisted Doggy Day Care and Dog Treat Bakery in Savannah is Thriving

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 23, 2019
When Tonya and Nick Rintye decided to open a day care and boarding facility for dogs, they went to the UGA Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) in Savannah for assistance. They learned right away that they needed more than an idea to start a business. “I didn’t have any money to put down on a […]
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Small Businesses Fail for Consistent Reasons

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On July 24, 2018
The statistics on small business failure vary widely depending on the report and the source. Some say nine out of 10 while others put the first year failure rate as low as 20 percent. As a small business owner, you may not care what the actual number is as long as you are not one […]
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2018 Flewellen Award Winners

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 9, 2018
Throughout the year, there are many consultants that go above and beyond “the call of duty,” to ensure that their clients are taken care of and succeed. Each year at our Annual Awards Banquet, the UGA SBDC names deserving consultants, “Flewellen Award Winners.” This recognition is named for Dr. William Flewellen, who is considered to […]
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Improved Financials Position Savannah BBQ Owner for Rapid Growth

  • Posted by Sara Bertolini
  • On March 2, 2018
Bryan Furman was a laser operator at the JCB manufacturing plant in Pooler, GA when he decided to start a small BBQ business on the side.   “I have a passion for cooking and felt like there was no good BBQ where we stayed. And I wanted to be able to leave something for our kids.”  He tried to open a small place in Savannah in 2012, […]
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The 5 C’s of Business Credit

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 14, 2017
As a business consultant, I routinely help small businesses with access to capital.  My role in the process is to assist with business plans, acquisition and expansion plans, strategic plans and financial projections that may be needed to accompany a funding request.  Before we begin that process I always have a discussion about the 5 […]
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Build Your Customer Profile

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On June 15, 2017
There is not a business out there that sells its products or services to everyone.  I find this shocking, but some people really don’t like chocolate.  So, if you aren’t selling to everyone, who exactly are you selling to?  The 80/20 rule suggests that 80% of your sales are coming from 20% of your customers.  […]
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Lessons From a Small Business Owner

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 15, 2015
There is certainly no shortage of business advice out there, and I read just about everything I come across. But sometimes it leaves me scratching my head and wondering who exactly is the person giving the advice and have they ever actually owned a small business. So as my holiday gift to you, I am […]
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