University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Faculty Members Recognized as ‘40 Under 40’ Winners by America’s SBDC

Two University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) team members received national recognition at the America’s SBDC 44th Annual Conference for their outstanding work in small business development. Alyssa Foskey of the UGA SBDC at Valdosta State University and Nadia Osman of the UGA SBDC in Savannah both were named “40 Under 40” award winners by America’s SBDC.

This annual award spotlights the extraordinary contributions of individuals under age 40 across the SBDC network who have significantly impacted their state and the broader business landscape. Foskey and Osman were among the 40 chosen from a pool of applicants encompassing SBDC employees at universities and colleges across the country. They were selected for their exceptional business knowledge, innovative thinking and commitment to driving growth and success of small businesses.

In addition to general small business consulting, Foskey and Osman both bring significant subject matter expertise to the UGA SBDC.

Nadia Osman (left) and Alyssa Foskey (right) were named "40 Under 40" award winners by America's SBDC.

Through her partnerships with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and personal experiences with early child care, Foskey has expanded the knowledge base and resources the UGA SBDC can provide for early child care business owners. Her continued work with DECAL led to the creation of the Thriving Child Care Business Academy, a training program to enhance the business practices of early child care centers in Georgia.

Osman’s passion and accumen for digital marketing has made her a valuable resource for both clients and other UGA SBDC consultants for digital marketing related topics. She co-developed and co-delivered the curriculumn for the UGA SBDC’s Digital Marketing Bootcamp Training, a successful series of programs held in rural markets across Georgia, attended by more than 750 business owners to date.

“We are grateful for the knowledge and drive that Alyssa and Nadia bring to the UGA SBDC,” said Allan Adams, state director of the UGA SBDC. “They are both stand-out professionals who go the extra mile to amplify small businesses in Georgia.”

Foskey and Osman received their awards at the America’s SBDC annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference was attended by more than 1,500 higher education and business industry professionals. America’s SBDC is the national association of Small Business Development Centers and manages the national accreditation process for SBDCs.

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