Why StartSMART and GrowSMART? The Value of Business Training

Phases of Business Life Cycle

A guy I used to work with in public safety, Steve Mattoon, used to say, “In a critical situation, we do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”  That statement is as true in law enforcement and the military as it is in running a small […]

Build Your Business to Withstand the Test of Time

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Your Mark, Get Set. . . Grow! Designed specifically for new business owners (within 2-3 years in business) and serious entrepreneurs ready to start a business, SBDC StartSmart provides the resources and support to put your dreams within reach. StartSmart will help you build a business for today’s challenging times!  To get the ball […]

New Entrepreneurs Need More Than a Plan to Build a Successful Business

A business plan is just the first step to realizing a successful business. Successful entrepreneurs also need local resources, practical business knowledge (or access to it), and a network of colleagues to rely on. Our StartSMART class is more than just a business planning class, it delivers everything a new entrepreneur needs to build a […]

SBDC, Wells Fargo Partnership Near 10-Year Anniversary

For almost 10 years, SBDC StartSmart™, an eight-week small business education program, has been a staple for new and emerging entrepreneurs who want to learn to plan, market and manage their businesses. Wells Fargo has been the statewide sponsor of the program since 2007, and with their financial support, many small business owners and prospective […]

Business Planning Leads to Smooth Operations for Augusta Coffee Roaster

Bunoa Caffe: UGA Small Business Development Center

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Newspaper veterans John and Pat Curry love a good cup of coffee. So when they ran across a book on home coffee roasting several years ago, they purchased it and a small home roaster. Soon, John was spending Saturday afternoons roasting on their front porch in Athens. In 2009, John and Pat were laid off […]