Are you a Grasshopper or an Ant?

  • Posted by Stacy Johnson
  • On July 12, 2016
A favorite of mine is the story of The Grasshopper and The Ant. If you do not recall, the premise of the fable is that the Grasshopper is enjoying the summer day, hopping, chirping and singing away when the Ant passes by, working away, storing food. The Grasshopper asks the Ant why it is working so hard when everything is so easy, foods plentiful, and states that the Ant should be enjoying the sunshine. The Ant replies that he is planning for the winter, by continuing to work when everything was going well. Of course, winter comes and the Ant is well prepared while the Grasshopper is out in the cold, starving. The moral of the story is:
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SBDC Recognized as a “Best Place to Work”

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On June 28, 2016
The UGA SBDC has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 2016 “Best Places to Work in Georgia.” The SBDC program, part of the university’s Public Service and Outreach arm, has 17 locations across Georgia and provides business training and consulting to small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. The evaluation process was managed by the Best Companies Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and analyzes organizations based on criteria that includes employee’s views on leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, and overall engagement.
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2016 LeadSMART – Finance

  • Posted by Deborah Free
  • On May 23, 2016
Financing for Dynamically Growing Businesses Did you know you have more than one credit score?  When and how does a lender use each of your credit scores to assess your credit worthiness?  Do you know the difference between the terms, FICO, FairIsaac, BNI, Beacon and Pinnacle, Global Cash Flow, Debt to Income Ratio and Debt […]
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Three Types of Small Businesses

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On May 5, 2016
You have a small business but you’re not making a profit and haven’t in some time. You may have an employee or two, and you pay them before you pay yourself. You either aren’t paying yourself or are paying less than you could make working for someone else. You may be adding your own money to the business to keep it afloat. […]
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MAY 17: Writing a Business Plan

  • Posted by Marjory Wooten
  • On April 15, 2016
The business plan will be one of the most important documents in the life of your business. A "road map" is essential for obtaining financing. Learn how to write your business plan in our three hour class. If your business is 0 to 3 years old, or you are seeking financing, this class will help you write and plan your business, charting the start-up and the development. Topics include a marketing strategy, financial projections, capital equipment list and obtaining financing. In partnership with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce in Dawsonville, GA.
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Strategic Planning for Small Businesses

  • Posted by Robert Miller
  • On March 23, 2015
The importance of ongoing planning for an existing business cannot be underestimated in these turbulent economic times. Yogi Bera’s statement, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else,” is probably true of most business owners. That somewhere else may be out of business. Strategic Planning is a change-oriented process […]
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