Performance Trucking in Lawrenceville, GA

Working Behind the Scenes to Keep Shelves Stocked   There’s a reason your favorite grocery store remained stocked during the pandemic – logistics companies like Performance Trucking, Inc. worked around the clock to deliver food and essential products to supermarket chains across the United States.   Performance Trucking, headquartered in Lawrenceville, GA, utilized its current […]

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, GA

North Georgia farm has success with strawberries and pumpkins despite pandemic, thanks to UGA Johnny and Kathy Burt’s first year farming strawberries was nearly a disaster.   COVID -19 hit just two weeks before the berries ripened and their first spring strawberry festival was to begin.   “That wasn’t possible. We were on pins and […]

DIESELGRID in Forest Park, GA

Deep Market Knowledge and Operational Flexibility Lead Freight Carrier Through the Pandemic   Justin Hughes left trucking and moved into real estate in 2007, just before the Great Recession. Two years later, back into trucking, he founded the freight carrier DIESELGRID in Forest Park, and grew.   He contacted the University of Georgia Small Business […]

Harmony Learning in Lithia Springs, Georgia

Preschool owner keeps business open during pandemic, with help from UGA Harmony Learning Academy in Lithia Springs was posting an excellent first quarter for 2020. Enrollment for the year-old preschool had grown to 60 children, nine full-time and one part-time employees, and earnings were up. When the coronavirus forced it to close on March 13, […]

Gwinnett Eye Clinic in Duluth, GA

Assistance from UGA keeps essential employees on front line   The Gwinnett Eye Clinic in Duluth kept its doors open and continued treating patients with glaucoma, retinal detachments and other eye injuries when the COVID-19 response temporarily closed many others. In fact, the practice set a record for seeing patients through its affiliation with two […]

Pooler Vet in Bloomingdale, GA

UGA helps veterinary hospital adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, get back on track for expansion     Dr. Mike Ammermon, a UGA alumnus and doctor of veterinary medicine, opened Pooler Veterinary Hospital in 2013 with two veterinarians and two staff members by his side.         By 2018, the business had grown to four […]

Norcross Manufacturer Shields Heroes and Saves their Small Business

The Cutting Board Company in Norcross manufactures plastic cutting boards for restaurants and homes. Most of its sales are direct to restaurants and industrial resellers or retailers like Neiman Marcus and Williams Sonoma.   When the coronavirus hit, sales hit the floor.   “Ninety percent of our business went away, almost overnight,” said owner Dave […]

In the COVID-19 Response, Consider Time to ‘Take a Knee’…

Back in my Army days, I was part of a Team, a Special Forces ‘A’ Team, to be more exact.  We did a lot of training, carried a lot of weight over a lot of miles and built a great camaraderie together through the struggles.  As I was thinking back to those days this morning […]