Student Testimonial: Balveen Singh

During my two years at UGA’s Full-time MBA program I was fortunate enough to spend my time as Graduate Assistant at the UGA Small Business Development Center in Athens. The SBDC gave me the unique opportunity to apply what I was learning in the classroom to make an impact on the local small business community. […]

2018 Innovation of the Year Award

At the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, we offer a number of business training programs throughout the year. In 2017, we offered 229 programs throughout the state of Georgia, to be exact. And although we’ve delivered many standout programs, each year at our Annual Awards Banquet, the UGA SBDC names a limited number […]

Assistance from the SBDC Helps Students Master Business Basics

As most people know (or at least we hope), the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide provider of management consulting and business education for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. As a part of a nationwide network of SBDC programs, the UGA SBDC has offices in 17 locations across the […]

Increase Local Google Search Results in Four Easy Steps

What is Google My Business and why should you care? Google My Business is the most important building block for any businesses local marketing campaign. It is free, easy to set up and increases the likelihood of your business coming up in a search result organically. One of the most critical elements of Google being […]

Sound Business Practices Help Athens Medical Practice Expand Into Underserved Areas

Reddy Medical Center Small Business Development Center

Dr. Ram K. and Aru Reddy are in the business of “helping people feel better when they need it the most.” Partners in an enterprise that adds urgently needed medical care to underserved communities in northeast Georgia, this husband and wife team is also steadily adding to the employment rolls of the small cities and towns they serve.

Passion for Pets Pays Off

Pawtropolis in Athens, GA

Crook acquired the loan and opened her business. About five years later, she approached McDonell for help obtaining a $1 million SBA 504 loan, which she used to purchase land and build the first Pawtropolis. Five years after that, with 25 employees and trainers, an award-winning business and a facility filled to capacity, Crook again turned to the SBDC. After attending the GrowSmart™ program, she asked McDonell to help her create projections for a $2.2 million loan she received and will use to build a second, larger facility on land she had purchased.

Importance of Professional Development

Improve your business success by making time for professional development! Often business people get so caught up in the day to day that they do not make the time, nor do they see the value, of taking the time to attend professional development programs that can help them manage and grow their business. Below are […]