About Us

About Us

University of Georgia Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 18 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community. Since 1977, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Small Business Development Center, a Public Service and Outreach Extension of The University of Georgia, is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.

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The UGA SBDC’s mission is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our vision is to be THE trusted resource for transforming Georgia businesses.



We value honesty and integrity above all else. These values will apply to everyone with whom we interact and to whom we are obliged. We aim to earn the respect of our clients and stakeholders and to be known as “trusted advisors.”


Our greatest assets are the competency, knowledge and professionalism of our workforce. With a focus on lifelong learning, the UGA SBDC provides practical business advice and earns the reputation of a “credible resource.”


Life as a member of the UGA SBDC team is truly a calling, as it is our ambition to help others. We continue to challenge ourselves to bring innovative services to the market that will help our clients reach their goals. We seek personal growth and fulfillment in serving others and aiding in their success.


The education we provide shows positive effects at the business level as well as the state and federal economies. As a public service, we hold ourselves accountable to helping others meet their business goals, being good stewards of the public trust in our efforts, and ensuring that we are meeting the needs of our stakeholders as we strive to make Georgia the best place to live and work.


In CY 2022, the UGA SBDC consulted with 4,436 clients and conducted training programs attended by 3,817 Georgians.


Established businesses receiving long-term UGA SBDC assistance had 23.9 percent growth compared to the 10.0 percent growth of the average Georgia business who did not receive UGA SBDC assistance.


Established businesses receiving long-term UGA SBDC assistance had 21.0 percent growth compared to the 4.4 percent growth of the average Georgia business who did not receive UGA SBDC assistance.



New Businesses Started


New Jobs Created


Capital Raised Through Loans and Equity Financing


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