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Fueling Growth: The Right Ingredients Lead to Healthy Growth for Augusta Meal Prep Business

Former firefighter and nurse Onnie Sanford never intended to start her own business. However, a strong desire to recover her fitness and energy after childbirth put her on that path. Sanford now owns and runs Paleo Num Yums, an Augusta… Full story

Fifth annual UGA Day of Service benefits local nonprofits and agencies

More than 200 UGA Public Service and Outreach employees planted flowers, organized books, walked dogs and reconstructed a middle school garden in Athens-Clarke County as a part of the 2019 PSO Day of Service. It was the fifth Day of… Full story

SBDC employee receives PSO Employee Spotlight Award

Carolina Ramon, director of the Office of Minority Business Development for the UGA Small Business Development Center, was presented with the second Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on Dec. 6. Ramon was surprised with the award by PSO… Full story

Leadership institute helps Macon businesses grow

An entrepreneurial leadership curriculum developed by the University of Georgia is helping several Macon business owners lead their businesses to new heights. In 2018, NewTown Macon—a nonprofit organization focused on economic and cultural development in downtown Macon—contacted the UGA J.W…. Full story

AT&T Foundation contribution to support Embark Georgia network

A $25,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation will help the University of Georgia increase college access and retention for youth who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Embark Georgia, founded and run by UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development,… Full story

Students spend fall break helping communities recover

IMPACT Service Break students used their fall break to serve their fellow Georgians who are recovering from back-to-back natural disasters. During the Nov. 1-3 weekend, students traveled to Cairo, Georgia, less than an hour north of Tallahassee with a population… Full story

Relationship with SBDC paid off for contractor when the U.S. economy went south

Guiomar Obregon’s company was struggling during the Great Recession. Loans were coming due, business was down. Fortunately, she had already tapped into the expertise of the UGA Small Business Development Center when she launched Precision 2000 (P2K) two decades ago,… Full story

First PSO Employee Spotlight Award goes to Vinson Institute event planner

Melanie Kearns, a senior event coordinator, in governmental training, education and development, at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government is the first recipient of the UGA Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award. PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum and Vinson… Full story

Student-run juvenile court judges cases of first-time offenders

It feels like a real court proceeding. There’s a judge and a bailiff. Attorneys consult with their clients, first-time offenders who’ve committed minor crimes like shoplifting or fighting. Jurors determine how respondents will make restitution for their crimes. But there’s… Full story

UGA partners on study to find sustainable methods of harvesting horseshoe crabs for the biomedical industry

Pacemakers, prosthetic implants, antibiotics, in fact every medicine or medical device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, depend on the horseshoe crab. A protein in the blue blood of the crab is used to test medicine and medical… Full story

Partnerships help Georgia businesses find trained employees and students find good jobs

What happens when there are more jobs than qualified people to fill them? That is a critical issue for many Georgia communities and one that the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government is working to address. Recent one-day… Full story

Hill’s career a commitment to building stronger communities and leaders

For 40 years, Louise Hill has dedicated her life to developing leaders of all ages in communities of all sizes across Georgia. “Since J.W. Fanning himself, no single individual has focused their life’s work solely on developing community leaders more… Full story

Hancock County employee earns Vinson Institute certificate, saves county millions

Hancock County Clerk Borderick Foster’s cost-saving initiative succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Not even a courthouse fire so hot it melted a brass bell could deter him. When Hancock County leaders began seeking new ways to cut costs and build… Full story

Georgia Center offers course on machine learning and data science for executives

The UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel now offers a new course for business executives that demystifies machine learning and data science and focuses on the practical applications of these revolutionary technologies in business. Taught by Jagannath Rao, a… Full story

New business accelerates after SBDC helps Atlanta consultant align his work processes

Charles Broom had worked 15 years as a consultant, helping small and large businesses hire specialized professionals, create strategic plans and negotiate contracts. By 2017, he was ready to be his own boss. “Eventually, I got to a place where… Full story

UGA’s first Archway Partnership community continues to build on its successes

When they keep inviting you back, you must be doing something right. Colquitt County leaders have continued to fund the Archway Partnership in their community, nine years beyond the original five-year commitment to the program. “We just really believe in… Full story

UGA finalist for national economic development awards

For the third year, three University of Georgia programs have been selected as finalists for national awards recognizing innovation in economic development. UGA is the only university that has had three finalists for three consecutive years. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government and… Full story

New developments at State Botanical Garden will increase educational opportunities, improve access

The University of Georgia broke ground on a trio of projects Aug. 23 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The projects—the Center for Art and Nature Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum, the Discovery and Inspiration Garden, and a new… Full story