Financial Future Secure for Ellijay Family Orchard

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 30, 2018
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 […]
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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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Five-Step Operating Plan for the New Year

  • Posted by Molly Knight
  • On December 20, 2017
In December many businesses find themselves busy with year-end sales and shipments, holiday parties, tax and inventory considerations, and many other priorities. Finding a little time to plan for the New Year can put you in control in 2018. Create an operating plan now to map out the priorities for 2018. Many small business owners […]
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UGA Outreach Program Helps Farmers Build a Better Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 6, 2017
Dennis Hollingsworth was fresh out of college the first time he tried running a farm.  It was the early 1980s in south Georgia, and he stuck with it for four years in some of the roughest economic conditions since the Great Depression. Then he left for an IT job. “I went to Atlanta and I […]
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Full Knowledge of Funding Options Helps Launch New Macon Brewpub

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On June 15, 2017
“I found out that Josh and the SBDC were resources small businesses could use, for free. I thought, ‘Wow, here’s a guy who’s like an extension of my staff. Why wouldn’t I go to him?’ We got to talking, and he told me about the financing, market analysis and other help he could provide."
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Careful Planning Gives Award-Winning Savannah Dessert Bar Owners Room to Expand

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 15, 2017
From their beginning, Janine Finn and Rebecca Radovich had the right ingredients for a successful dessert enterprise, mixing Finn’s solid business experience with Radovich’s creative food and catering expertise. Starting small with an online cake business in 2006, the business partners quickly decided to sell their confections out of a storefront in downtown Savannah. “We […]
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