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UGA new faculty get a tour of the state

After a two-year hiatus, the University of Georgia New Faculty Tour returned this year with 26 new employees spending four days traveling across Georgia and learning about the state’s economic, geographic, social and cultural diversity. The tour passed through 13 cities… Full story

McDuffie County expands leadership pipeline with UGA support

Census data on Thomson-McDuffie County caught Elizabeth Brown’s attention. Fifty-nine percent of households in the community were run by single parents. “As a social worker, I know the importance of ensuring those children and parents have support to ensure positive… Full story

South Georgia couple launches turmeric supplement business with UGA assistance

When customers ask Diane and Ed Taylor about the pain-relieving properties of turmeric, they tell them about Bo and Tarra. The two Asian elephants, who live on the 850-acre Elephant Refuge of North America (ERNA) in southern Georgia, no longer… Full story

Side hustle becomes big business for UGA Small Business Development Center client

In 1999, Jason Jones started renting out sound equipment for local concerts and theater productions as a side hustle to support his aspirations as a musician. Over 20 years later, the side job has become a multimillion-dollar business, S&L Integrated…. Full story

UGA Public Service and Outreach presents 2022 awards to external partners

Covington equipment maintenance company is UGA SBDC Entrepreneur of the Year Ryan Loew is a Covington-based entrepreneur whose equipment maintenance company has expanded from 20 employees in 2016 to more than 150 industry professionals today. On Monday, he was presented… Full story

Tour helps UGA employees better understand the university’s land-grant mission

From murals on the sides of downtown buildings to the college and career academy to a designer wedding dress shop, the influence and impact of the University of Georgia is evident in Hart County. In February, a group of UGA… Full story

Athens ice cream shop keeps scooping with support from UGA SBDC

Shop local on Nov. 27 to support Small Business Saturday When he was 7, Beau Shell asked for an ice cream cart for his birthday. It was a present from his parents and he began selling ice cream at events… Full story

Finding treasure in trash, with help from the UGA Small Business Development Center

Ryan Tabb was working for a trash pickup company when he realized the demand for bulk item removal in metro Atlanta could support a small business. After taking classes from the UGA Small Business Development Center in DeKalb, he met… Full story

UGA faculty team up to help food entrepreneurs start their own businesses

UGA’s Small Business Development Center and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences partnered in October to help food entrepreneurs learn how to development and market their products. Participants learned key steps in commercializing food items, such as determining a… Full story

UGA gets federal grant to help communities advance economic development

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow UGA Public Service and Outreach units to equip rural Georgia communities with the tools, resources and knowledge to chart a strategy for economic recovery and long-term resiliency. UGA Public Service… Full story

Truist Bank provides funding for SBDC to establish entrepreneurship academy

The UGA Small Business Development Center received a grant from the Truist Foundation to establish a training and development program for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Savannah area. The Truist Entrepreneurship Academy will be a two-year program that… Full story

The UGA Small Business Development Center helps Macon couple launch—and expand—business

Customers flock to The Butcher Shop in Warner Robins seeking the area’s best hand-cut beef, pork, chicken and sausage. They favor its delicious homemade items, such as sides, dips, desserts and farm-fresh frozen veggies. Savory lamb, shrimp and other seafoods… Full story

GrowSmart helps business owner improve strategic focus

Fitness experts Chris and Melissa Conti moved nine times during the first 10 years of their marriage just to stay in the industry. They had been in Atlanta for two years when they faced another move—the company they worked for… Full story

UGA faculty member recognized as one of state’s most influential Asian Americans

As Georgia business communities continue to diversify, the UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is expanding its service to include programs in foreign languages. SBDC consultant and Philippine-born Benny StaRomana is a key component to moving that agenda along. He… Full story

Small cattle farm in middle Georgia grows up with help from UGA

What Joseph Egloff began as a “little hobby” in 2011 is now a full-time cattle ranch with a meat packing plant that serves customers from Florida to North Carolina. “I had eight head of cattle and a day job to… Full story

UGA Public Service and Outreach awards recognize achievement, creativity and contributions that improve quality of life

Eight University of Georgia faculty and staff members will be recognized this week for their commitment to public service and outreach. Award winners were selected from UGA academic and research faculty, Cooperative Extension and Public Service and Outreach units. They… Full story

Market knowledge and operational flexibility lead freight carrier through pandemic

Justin Hughes left trucking and moved into real estate in 2007, just before the Great Recession. After he decided to return to trucking two years later, he reached out to the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Clayton… Full story

UGA continues to assist small businesses hurt financially by the pandemic

As federal emergency funding continues to be available to small businesses, the UGA Small Business Development Center is offering webinars and one-to-one assistance to business owners and operators hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Jan. 1, 2021: • The UGA… Full story