Valdosta Office

Contact

Address:

232 Pendelton Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602

Contact:
Phone: (229) 245-3738
Fax: (229) 245-3741
Email: valdosta@georgiasbdc.org

 

 

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Consultants & Staff

Cindy Corgan

Cindy Corgan

Program Coordinator

Cindy Corgan is the Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia SBDC at Valdosta State University. As a graduate of Valdosta State University she brings with her over 18 years of teaching experience within the business administrative technology field. She is Microsoft Certified and has first-hand experience as a current business owner. She provides instruction for the Boots to Business and the Starting a Business classes, as well as being the first point of contact for our clients. Cindy supplies the clients with information on how to start a business and markets awareness of the SBDC by giving presentations, utilizing the social media platforms, and engaging in other public relations events in the 10 county service area. She also arranges and implements the marketing for the Continuing Education programs.


Education

  • MEd, Valdosta State University (Educational Leadership)
  • MEd, Valdosta State University (Middle Grades Education)
  • BSEd, University of Central Florida (Elementary Education)

Contact

Phone: (229) 245-3738

Email: ccorgan@georgiasbdc.org

Alyssa Foskey

Alyssa Foskey

Consultant

Mrs. Alyssa Foskey serves as a business consultant for the UGA Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University. She joined the Valdosta team in January 2019 with 20+ years of customer service experience and training and 11+ years of contract training that includes customization and instruction in Business Management. Additionally, Mrs. Foskey has specialized knowledge of the logistics and transportation industry from her employment in account management for Southeastern Freight Lines. Specialty areas include streamlined order processes, efficient packaging techniques, and appropriate systems of transportation. Mrs. Foskey strives to give back to the community and continues to work with nonprofit organizations serving in a variety of leadership and support roles.


Education

  • M.B.A, Aspen University
  • B.F.A., Speech Communication, Valdosta State University

Experience

  • Wiregrass Technical College (Economic Development Instructor/Business Management Program Coordinator); Georgia Work Ready Gold Certified and Georgia QuickStart Instructor Certified in Customer Service
  • Southeastern Freight Lines (Account Manager)
  • Valdosta Lowndes Chamber of Commerce (B2B Networking Event Intern)

Recognition

  • Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year– 2015
  • President – Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society

Leadership

  • Advisor Collegiate Fellowship at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Active Member Excellence in Academic Advising Committee – Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Event Coordinator/ Abundant Life Church of God, Valdosta
    Ladies Ministry Board Member

Contact

Email: afoskey@georgiasbdc.org

Walt Moore - UGA Small Business Development Center

Walt Moore

Area Director

Mr. Walt Moore serves as a business consultant for the UGA Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University. He has over eight years of experience as a former consumer and commercial lender working with small and mid-sized lending customers. Prior to joining the SBDC, Walt recently served as the Department Chair of the Business Education Department, as well as the Banking and Finance Program Coordinator at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.  His areas of expertise include cash flow management, credit reviewing, financial counseling and loan packaging.  In addition to his financial background, Mr. Moore also has an extensive background in agriculture.


Education

  • M.B.A, FINANCE, ASPEN UNIVERSIY, ASPEN, CO
  • B.A., FINANCE, VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY, VALDOSTA, GA

Experience

  • MOORES BLUEBERRY FARM. (OWNER/OPERATOR)
  • WIREGRASS TECHNICAL COLLEGE, (Department Chair & Banking and Finance Coordinator)
  • BANK OF LENOX (Loan Officer)
  • PIONEER SERVICES, MIDCOUNTRY BANK. (Market Manager)

Accomplishments

  • Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society
  • Lanier County Farm Bureau. Young Farmer – 2012, 2013
  • Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year Nominee – 2012r

Leadership

  • Chairman of Finance Committee  – Wiregrass Technical College
  • Treasurer, Association of the United States Army, Braxton/Bragg Chapter
  • President, Association of United States Army, Costal Empire Chapter
  • Business and Core Science Internship Coordinator

Contact

Phone: (229) 245-3738

Email: wmoore@georgiasbdc.org

Our Blog

Remembering Former UGA Business Dean and National Legacy

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On March 26, 2019
Former University of Georgia business dean, William C. Flewellen, Jr., 100 years-of-age, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019. He leaves behind a national legacy for business education and small business assistance as he was the driving force behind the creation of the national Small Business Develop Center (SBDC) program. Flewellen, who was named dean of […]
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Updated Financials, Better Data Land Loan for Valdosta Wake Compound

  • Posted by Sara Bertolini
  • On July 30, 2018
Valdosta State University students Luke Tilt and Quinn Silvernale competed together on the university’s wake boarding team. Tilt was required for his business class to develop a plan for an imaginary new company. So he wrote a plan modeled after the cable parks they had visited in Europe and Florida. Wake boarding, for the uninitiated, […]
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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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Why Small is Great

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 28, 2018
Entrepreneurial ventures provide hundreds of thousands of jobs in Georgia for both business owners and employees. Small businesses not only supply principal income for families, but they also meet unique needs for part-time employment, temporary employment, supplementary income, or, particularly for many young people, that first job opportunity. The innovation and creativity that entrepreneurs deliver […]
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Aid in Securing USDA Loan Places Southwest Georgia Product in Stores Across the U.S.

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 23, 2018
Ray Crosby knows his bees and honey. A third-generation farmer who lives with his family in the rural southwest Georgia town of Omega, he understands what makes his product—packaged as pure, unfiltered raw honey—unique. His knowledge, in fact, resonates with the customers from coast-to-coast who buy Weeks Honey. “Working with Ray, I’ve learned a lot […]
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Funding Your Small Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 23, 2018
Cash is to a business what oxygen is to a human…necessary for survival. Finding the needed cash for your business can be challenging, but with the growth of alternative lenders, there are more options available now for established companies.  Startups on the other hand, may find it more difficult to gain access to cash without […]
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Facebook Zero is Coming!

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On January 26, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg’s goal with Facebook has always been to bring people together. Over the years though, Facebook has accidentally shifted away from being consumer focused and has taken on the roll of being a quick, inexpensive, and targeted vehicle for digital marketing, as well as for gaming and online shopping. I don’t know about you, […]
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Aid in Securing USDA Loan Places Southwest Georgia Product on Store Shelves Across the U.S.

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 6, 2017
Ray Crosby knows his bees and honey. A third-generation farmer who lives with his family in Omega, a rural southwest Georgia town, he understands what makes his product—packaged as pure, unfiltered raw honey— unique. His knowledge, in fact, resonates with the customers from coast-to-coast who buy Weeks Honey. “Working with Ray, I’ve learned a lot […]
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40 Years of Small Business Development Center at UGA

  • Posted by Sara Bertolini
  • On August 28, 2017
Who would have thought that an idea in 1975, promoted by William C. Flewellen, Jr., former Dean of the University of Georgia College of Business Administration, would flourish into a network of almost 1,000 service centers at colleges and universities across the country. With Flewellen’s vision and former UGA President Fred Davidson’s support of what […]
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National Entrepreneurship Week 2017

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On February 20, 2017
Each year, over six million new businesses launch and millions more grow. Join us in celebrating entrepreneurs as a community supporter.
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Funding Options for New or Young Farmers

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
For many young farmers there is a deep desire to grow their farming operation, however, most are faced with the challenge of getting financing. Young farmers that are just getting into the business have not had time to build a lot of equity. Because of this, banks will consider the young farmer to be riskier compared to a seasoned farmer. One of the many variables banks will consider is how well the farmer can manage their working capital, and without a history of that from operations, it’s more difficult for a bank to determine the likelihood of repayment. Today, with low commodity prices and smaller margins between expense and revenue, young farmers are exposed to tough decisions and banks are tightening their internal lending policies. Despite this, there are still many opportunities for the young farmer.
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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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Lessons We Can Learn from March Madness

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On April 5, 2016
Growing up, almost every kid dreams of playing for their favorite childhood team and winning a National Championship. However, most kids don’t get to live out those dream… unless your are Ryan Achidiacono, who grew up eating, breathing and sleeping Villanova Wildcat basketball and then led his team last night (Monday, April 4, 2016) to […]
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13 Ways to Make Your Own Luck

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On March 17, 2016
Do you wait for good things to happen to you--or do you go out and make them happen? Here's what you need to do to enjoy more business success.
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Understanding Gross Margin

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On March 2, 2016
Ignoring your financial statement is like ignoring the health of your business. Startups and new business owners often overlook understanding gross margin. This can have a direct impact on your ability to effectively manage a growing business, price your products, and most importantly, make a profit.   Gross Margin Overview The gross margin represents the […]
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Last Minute Holiday Email Ideas

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 10, 2015
A tool like email marketing makes it quick and easy to promote your business and drive sales during the holiday season. Whether you sell products to customers, offer services to other businesses, or run a nonprofit organization — there are plenty of last-minute emails you can send out before the end of the year.
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Dreaming Cow

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 5, 2015
Expansion Financing Essential for Rapidly Growing Thomasville Producer Kyle and Janelle Wehner started Dreaming Cow in 2009 to test whether their yogurt concept could be built into a national brand. Using an all-natural recipe derived from the South Island of Janelle’s native New Zealand, they make Dreaming Cow yogurt on Kyle’s parents’ Thomasville farm. Kyle […]
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Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 5, 2015
October is Cybersecurity Awarenes sMonth! Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach? Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreats; and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats. Protect against […]
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7 Tools From Google to Boost Your Brand

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 21, 2015
Who doesn’t want to boost their brand and elevate your online exposure? Well, you’re in luck! Google offers ginormous selection of tools that make “brand boosting” possible for your small business. While some of these services are well known, others are a bit hidden. Regardless, the major commonality of these tools are that they can be a […]
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3 Ways for an Entrepreneur to Stay Sane, Healthy, and Successful

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 1, 2015
Running business can be stressful enough to drive just about anyone crazy. Here’s how to keep your sanity and be successful. A recent University of California study revealed that entrepreneurs are particularly prone to mental health issues. Why is that? Well, many entrepreneurs are creative thinkers, keen observers of the world around them, and driven […]
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6 Reasons You Need to Use Video Marketing

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On August 25, 2015
All businesses, from the smallest to the largest, can and should use video to reach customers. Almost every individual in business probably has the following response in regard to yet another article about video marketing: “We get it! Video is important!” You know that consumers are 64 percent more likely to buy a product after watching a video […]
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11 Ways to Know You’re Meant to Be An Entrepreneur

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On July 31, 2015
Mark Cuban, the billionaire “Shark Tank” investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is known among NBA fans for racking up fines for misconduct at Mavs games he gets a bit too excited about. But nothing, he writes in his book “How to Win at the Sport of Business,” makes him more competitive than business. […]
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Social Media Privacy

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On July 7, 2015
Social networking giant Facebook has received much criticism over the past few years due to its decline of organic reach, affecting both companies and users. Unfortunately, things aren’t getting better – a recent study in March 2015 by Locowise revealed that a measly 2.6% of Facebook Page posts are seen organically by their fans. Obviously […]
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