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Hispanic chamber honors UGA small business expert

When Carolina Ramon joined the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, she knew she could draw on her extensive history of launching business enterprises and designing entrepreneur programs to move the needle on successful small business startups in Georgia. … Full story

Georgia Blue Key recognizes UGA graduate student for commitment to public service

UGA graduate student Nipuna Ambanpola has engaged in public service since he was a child in Sri Lanka. In 2017, he created an online nonprofit organization to link volunteers around the world to projects in their local communities. Here in… Full story

North Georgia farm has success with strawberries and pumpkins despite pandemic, thanks to UGA

Johnny and Kathy Burt’s first year farming strawberries was nearly a disaster. COVID -19 hit just two weeks before the berries ripened and their first spring strawberry festival was to begin. “That wasn’t possible. We were on pins and needles… Full story

Engage GA helps Athens community find volunteers

The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) depends on volunteers to help provide services to older adults in the Clarke County area. When the pandemic hit in March, almost half of the volunteers—many of them older adults themselves—had to stop… Full story

A different kind of happy meal

No one wants to be in quarantine, but the experience is a whole lot better with Ronald Bernard on kitchen duty. During the pandemic, Bernard has jumped from line cook in the University of Georgia’s Savannah Room to preparing fresh hot… Full story

UGA’s continuing education certifications and credentialing help individuals adapt to a changing workforce

In 2019, pulmonologist Dr. Tim Moriarty closed his clinical practice in Panama City Beach, Florida, after he lost hearing in his left ear. That’s when his daughter suggested he look into a career in medical consulting. He did, and found… Full story

UGA helps small businesses succeed during pandemic

From Hiawassee to Hahira, Hatcher to Hinesville and points between, UGA has helped thousands of small businesses in Georgia stay afloat during the pandemic. Consultants in the 17 regional offices of the UGA Small Business Development Center helped 3,309 small… Full story

Veteran UGA Public Service and Outreach faculty member tapped to head Georgia Center

Stacy Jones has been named director of the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, effective immediately. Jones, formerly the associate director for governmental training, education and development at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has served as interim director of the Georgia Center since… Full story

Archway communities provide opportunities for UGA College of Public Health students

As a high school student in Hawkinsville, Georgia,  Helley Patel was involved in a youth leadership program developed through the Pulaski County Archway Partnership, a UGA program that connects rural Georgia communities to university resources. This summer, Patel reconnected with… Full story

Middle schoolers get their hands dirty (remotely) at Grow It Know It online summer camp

Clarke County Public School students haven’t been in a classroom since March, but that hasn’t stopped the learning, even over the summer, thanks to the University of Georgia. More than two dozen middle school students participated in a UGA summer… Full story

Essential business in Smyrna turns to UGA for assistance during pandemic

Joseph Malbrough’s UPS store in Cobb County was considered an essential business when most others were forced to close during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. But with most people sheltering in place, the daily traffic through the store… Full story

UGA helped Team Clermont stay afloat after COVID-19 shut down live music venues and banned large gatherings

Nelson Wells has been promoting musical releases and musicians in Athens and beyond since 1997. When the pandemic hit, it threatened to shut his business down as well. “People stopped spending money and activities in general just froze,” said Wells,… Full story

Nonprofits continue receiving organizational support from UGA through virtual tools

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the University of Georgia from supporting nonprofits in their mission to build a better quality of life in their communities. Prior to the pandemic, Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. had called on… Full story

Closed, but not “closed”: SBDC helps St. Marys business thrive during COVID shutdown

Cottle & Gunn in St. Marys, Georgia, closed its doors in April when the state’s shelter-in-place directives took effect. But the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop owner Deborah Cottle from doubling — then tripling — her sales from the previous spring,… Full story

Agricultural manufacturer keeps business moving during critical growing season with assistance from the SBDC

When COVID-19 forced Peerless Manufacturing in southwest Georgia to shut down in March, employees had no way to know how long they might be out of work. It might have been for good. But with assistance from the UGA Small… Full story

UGA Archway Partnership joins forces with College of Public Health to help plan for COVID-19 impact in southwest Georgia

Healthcare professionals in Colquitt County have been better able to plan for their providers’ and patients’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a customized report from the University of Georgia. Produced by the College of Public Health (CPH) in… Full story

UGA’s GeorgiaDATA website helps communities make informed decisions during the pandemic

Georgia’s state and local leaders can access accurate, current data to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the economics of their communities through GeorgiaDATA.org, a resource designed by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Such data is vital to communities’ ability… Full story

UGA partnership helps Georgia communities manage their infrastructure

Angela Nguyen has been sheltering at home since March, but the UGA College of Engineering graduate student is still hard at work researching how to help Georgia communities — specifically smaller communities — better care for their bridges. Nguyen is… Full story