September 2016
Did You Know?
GA ranks #9 in US as the most entrepreneurial state with #1 biggest average of SBA loans and #5 highest growth in number of SBA loans
(Nerd Wallet 10/15)
Georgia Named Top State For Business For Third Consecutive Year
Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the third consecutive year by Area Development, a leading corporate site selection and relocation magazine.

In addition to being named the top state for business, Georgia is ranked No. 1 for cooperative and responsive state government as well as workforce development programs. Georgia ranks second for its competitive labor environment, regulatory environment and speed of permitting.

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Rules of Thumb with Fast Company's Co-Founder Alan Webber
Thursday, October 6th at 1:00 PM EST

Brought to you by Fast Company magazine co-founder Alan Webber, this webinar offers practical advice for working smarter, growing and succeeding in a time of dramatic, unpredictable change.

When the old rules don't apply, don't work and don't help, we need to write our own rules to make sense and offer guidance going forward.

Learn down-to-earth rules of thumb that you can use in work and in life-and how to write your own rules for yourself and your business. 

Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
The SBDC will be holding multiple classes in our area:

October     05:  Starting a Business (Athens, GA)
October     05: Writing a Business Plan (Athens, GA)
October     05: Using QuickBooks to Effectively Manage Your Small Business (Athens, GA)

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Small Businesses May Be Flying Blind
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
You are taxiing out to the runway. The pilot's voice comes over the intercom, "Welcome aboard. For today's flight there will be high winds and poor visibility. Expect strong turbulence." You tighten your seat belt  and prepare for flight, but you're not worried. You simply focus on those tropical drinks waiting at your destination.

Sitting at the start of the runway, the pilot's voice crackles over the intercom once again, "In addition to the inclement weather, none of the plane's instruments are functioning, please enjoy your flight."
At this moment, how do you feel about your odds of drinking those tropical drinks?

Unfortunately, many small business owners fly through turbulent, competitive markets with very low insight into their business, mainly because their instruments are not functioning.

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