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Augusta business gets federal loan with UGA SBDC assistance

ATC Auto Center in Augusta has been in business since 1972, with a second location in Grovetown added later. Brothers Brian and Chris Weeks own and operate the auto repair business they took over from their father nearly 20 years… Full story

Athens healthcare employees weren’t finding time to eat. UGA made it easier for them.

Healthy food for healthcare workers. That’s a new initiative for the UGA Campus Kitchen program, which has expanded its operations during the COVID-19 crisis to provide nutritious snacks and quick meals for employees at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Every… Full story

UGA announces additional help sessions for Georgia small businesses

The UGA Small Business Development Center has scheduled an additional 10 webinars for April 14 and 15 to help small business owners navigate the application process for federal assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the webinars, including dates, times… Full story

UGA quickly ramped up online education options to keep state and local officials on track

The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government didn’t waste any time moving its popular continuing education programs online so that state and local officials wouldn’t fall behind during the coronavirus pandemic. Vinson faculty offered its first online class… Full story

UGA, state agencies provide assistance to small businesses applying for federal aid

Nearly 1,500 struggling small business owners from across Georgia logged in to UGA Small Business Development Center webinars Monday for guidance in applying for federal assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinars will continue Tuesday, April 7, and more may be… Full story

UGA Campus Kitchen keeps food on the table with help from UGA Public Service and Outreach

On a rainy Monday morning in March, staff at the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia are in the children’s garden harvesting bushels of kale, collards, parsley and beets they no longer need for educational programs this spring. They are… Full story

UGA outreach unit represents small businesses on governor’s coronavirus taskforce committee

UGA Small Business Development Center Director Allan Adams was tapped by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Economic Impact Committee of the Georgia Coronavirus Taskforce. The committee will focus on the economic aspects of fighting and mitigating the virus…. Full story

Undergraduate students head out on the second annual Great Commitments Student Tour of Georgia

The Great Commitments Student Tour of Georgia hit the road today, with 34 University of Georgia undergraduate students spending their spring break on a week-long trip around the state – learning firsthand how UGA is making a difference in Georgia… Full story

Albany-Dougherty County launches workforce development initiative

Dozens of area leaders gathered in downtown Albany on a February morning for the officially kick-off Albany-Dougherty County Works!, a comprehensive workforce development initiative facilitated by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Developed by a steering committee of 20 community… Full story

UGA helps coastal communities address a potential public health crisis: Failing septic tanks

Ashley Cooper-Heath’s house is on the banks of the St. Mary’s River in Camden County. She and her husband had been there about a decade when they noticed that their septic tank was leaking, spilling sewage into the river. “I… Full story

Rural preservation students help Archway community develop agritourism

Creating an agritourism trail and promoting the novelty of farming to outsiders are among suggestions University of Georgia students offered Hart County after touring farms, meeting with local residents and learning about the county’s assets, including its poultry industry. Working through… Full story

UGA, economic developers thank Gov. Kemp for Georgia’s business success

Sean McMillan, director of UGA’s Economic Development office in Atlanta, joined economic developers from around the state thanking Governor Kemp for making Georgia the number one state for business.

Christina Allen-Wise wins PSO Employee Spotlight Award for work with Fanning Institute

Christina Allen-Wise, a program operations coordinator with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, was surprised with the Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on February 5 during the Community Leadership Conference luncheon. Allen-Wise, who helps coordinate the CLC… Full story

UGA Archway helps launch high school welding program to build local workforce

Students at Thomson High School now have an on-site training program designed to help them prepare for available jobs when they graduate and meet a growing workforce need in the community. Twenty-seven students already have enrolled in the new welding… Full story

Walton County high school honored at Fanning Institute leadership conference

Walnut Grove High School in Loganville, Georgia, was honored by UGA with the 2020 Innovations in Community Leadership Award for its success in implementing a leadership curriculum that has led to higher graduation rates and greater student engagement. The award… Full story

UGA receives $50,000 grant from AT&T to address flooding in Athens-Clarke County

A grant from AT&T will help an interdisciplinary team of UGA faculty assess long-term flood frequency and severity for Athens-Clarke County in order to better plan for future development and infrastructure investments. Paul Chambers Jr., regional director of external affairs… Full story

Georgia’s First Lady helps State Botanical Garden promote native plants and pollinators

State Botanical Garden Director Jenny Cruse-Sanders and members of the garden staff were guests at the 2020 Legislative Spouses Luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, where they talked about the importance of native Georgia plants, a topic dear to the heart… Full story

After helping UGA’s Small Business Development Center for years, accountant turns to the center for assistance

Augusta accountant Lisa Mayo knows the UGA Small Business Development Center well. She frequently serves as a tax panelist and QuickBooks expert for SBDC StartSMART™ courses. So, when Mayo, a CPA (certified public accountant) and CVA (certified valuation analyst), had… Full story