Why you need the Small Business Development Center

Why you need the Small Business Development Center

About the SBDC

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 18 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community. Since 1977, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Small Business Development Center, a Public Service and Outreach Extension of The University of Georgia, is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.


My Experience

I was introduced to the SBDC by going to an event by Henry County Chambers of Commerce. I was there pitching my idea to others business owners in the room when me and wife came across Ms. Kim Knight. She was interested in the idea of VenU2Go and offered her service with the SBDC. I heard about it before and all the potential it could do for start up businesses, so the interest in seeing what she had to offer was immediately peaking my mind. I went through the process to learn more about the organization and it was everything and more that could propel the company to new heights, 

I finally got my opportunity to book a one on one meeting with Area Director Kim Knight. When we spoke I seen so much that I was going to be able to learn. She had me think about my business in new ways to reach customers and ways to financially support the business. She introduced me to grants that I had no clue about and organizations that would be specific to the industry my business is in. The knowledge that was provided is only a meir wish a new entrepreneur can only pray for. She can recite websites and places that I then checked out it helped me to identify my business and process to move me forward. 

I have gained new contacts and confidence to send me in the direction to success. I recommend to all new and existing business owners to join or set up a meeting with your local SBDC. I promise you will not be disappointed. If you are one that want to succeed and bypass all the roadblocks and lack of information visit: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/about-us/