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Small Business Expo 2017


  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

Network with thousands of businesses • Get leads & new customers • Build your business • Attend FREE business-critical workshops & seminars • Shop for new products & services to help your business! • Learn from cutting-edge presentations on the Inspiration2020 Showcase Theater Stage • Participate in FREE Speed Networking sessions!

Registration required


Small Business Access to Capital

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

Do you need help to start or grow your business? Do you need capital? Attend this event and learn how ACE can help you.

Registration required

Women and Veterans Federal Contracting Program


  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

Government wide procurement goals encourage opportunities for small businesses. This workshop will provide information on each program to become a successful entrepreneur in the contracting arena. 

Who should attend: Women and Veterans who are interested in doing business with the federal government. Topics to be covered: • Eligibility requirements for service disabled veteran-owned small businesses • Veterans Advantage Loan Program • Eligibility requirements for the Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Program • How the WOSB Program can provide significant opportunities for women entrepreneurs

Registration required


All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (Webinar)


  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

About the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses. 

Rather than creating separate programs for each constituency – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, Women Owned Small Businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zones - the SBA chose to create a single, all-inclusive mentor-protégé program modeled on the successful mentor-protégé program available to participants in its 8(a) program. 

The purpose of the new program is to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business development assistance, and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts.

Registration required


GrowSMART™ In Columbus


  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS, NOT JUST IN YOUR BUSINESS! Whether you’ve been in business for 20 years or 2, SBDC GrowSMART™ can align your business vision and create a framework to improve the performance of your business and shape the success of your business for years to come. 

The UGA SBDC GrowSmart™ provides the tools to: • A step-by-step evaluation of your business and markets. • A hands-on, interactive forum that promotes sharing of best practices. • Tools to build your business, both now and for the future. Program Outline: 1. Foundations for a Successful Business 2. Marketing Research & Analysis 3. Capturing the Market 4. Efficient Operations 5. Financial Foundations 6. Financial Plan 7. Bringing it All Together 8. Implementing and Presenting the Plan 

DATES & TIMES: Fridays (7 mixed half/full day modules) Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8

ENROLLMENT: The price of the program is $895 and requires the application acceptance. Applicants MUST be accepted before they can enroll. (Applications are reviewed to ensure competitive conflicts are minimized.) Tuition includes the textbook, materials, continental breakfast and lunch for each class and a certificate of completion from The University of Georgia for all graduates. 

Registration required


Mini Business Plan


  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

A workshop focusing on the components of a successful business plan: Clear, succinct writing style Compelling business description Importance of market research Effective development of meaningful financial projections .

The plan consists of four sections: Business Description, Management and Operations, Marketing and Sales and Financial Projections. Also included is an application for funding along with a discussion of funding resources, both conventional and alternative.

Registration required


Starting a Business


  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

Lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail. Topics to be discussed include: personal, market and financial feasibility; legal obligations for your business; estimating start-up costs and cash flow projections; financing alternatives, failure factors and business planning. Special pricing for multiple registrants.

Registration required


Develop an Import / Export Business


  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:45 a.m. EDT


Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider importing and exporting. 

With nearly 96 percent of consumers living outside the U.S. and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, opportunities await U.S. small business. Go where the customers are. 

There is significant opportunity for small businesses to profit through importing and exporting operations. Do you have what it takes to become a successful international business? Are you ready to make international sales?

Importing / Exporting offers great opportunities but requires preparation and planning. This is a two part series taught by international experts from the Georgia Small Business Development Center, a resource partner of the SBA. 

Module I will aid you in assessing your readiness, understanding what you need to know and consider before pursuing an international strategy. 

Module II will introduce you to those topics needed to develop and implement your strategy: international pricing and costing issues, proforma export quotations, payment terms, and risk assessment. The workshops will help you gain the knowledge to develop and implement an international plan. 

You will become acquainted with the key components of an effective import / export plan. The instructors will raise questions you should answer to complete your plan and provide the resources to help you answer those questions. * organizational and product readiness, * market research, * guidance for developing your strategy and marketing plan, * promoting your products in target market, and * complying with US and foreign regulations. 

Fee for Module I is $50 per person and is taught 9:30am - 12:30pm 

Fee for Module II is $50 per person and is taught 1:15pm - 4:30pm Both modules can be attended as a full day event for a single fee of $89 per person

Registration required