When Managing Your Business, Think of It as A 3-Legged Stool

Running a business can sometimes be a frenzy of decisions and actions that it’s difficult to know how they’re affecting the direction of the company.  For some, the realization comes a little too late and the business goes into crisis mode. Consider looking at your business as a 3-legged stool where you can’t afford a […]

SBA Disaster Assistance: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael

On the evening of Tuesday, October 10th, Hurricane Michael entered the state of Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane.  According to the National Weather Service, “Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall along the Florida panhandle as well as the first major hurricane (Category 3+) to directly impact Georgia since the […]

Five-Step Operating Plan for the New Year

In December many businesses find themselves busy with year-end sales and shipments, holiday parties, tax and inventory considerations, and many other priorities. Finding a little time to plan for the New Year can put you in control in 2018. Create an operating plan now to map out the priorities for 2018. Many small business owners […]

“If I Only had Known…”

As one looks to enter the world of entrepreneurship or expand their current business, the question is the same….What are some common mistakes or things we can avoid. Here are a few of them: Cash is King! Not having a large enough cash reserve in the beginning or in the growth stage of a business […]

2017 Women’s Business Expo in Athens, Oct. 5th

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Learn . . . Connect . . . Grow . . . Succeed at the UGA SBDC in Athens 6th Annual Women’s Business Expo. New Date: Thursday, October 5th A regional favorite is back, just in time for National Women’s Small Business Month! Join us at the beautiful UGA Special Collections Library to connect […]

To My Employees With Love

Two lollipops. Red hearts. Candy. Love concept. Valentine day.

Today is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. What better way to make your employees happy and productive than to declare your love for them? Not that kind of love–that’s creepy–but, rather, the platonic love that makes your employees feel cared for and appreciated–that’s your goal for this week. After all, without your employees, would […]

How 30 Business Owners Set & Achieve Their Goals

We interact with hundreds of business owners and executive leaders each year and if you give us more than 10 minutes, the conversation will veer toward the goals for their business and ours. For most of us, we go to sleep and wake up thinking about our businesses. With the year coming to a close, […]


Customers are the life blood of any business and owners sometimes forget to say “thank you” on a regular basis. You may have several customers that have been with you since you first opened your doors. When was the last time you reached out and sincerely thanked them for their support of your business? With Thanksgiving approaching this week, my thoughts turn to gratitude.