SBA Georgia: Branding, Contracting Opportunities and More Upcoming Small Business Training Events

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Are you ready to transform your business with expert-led education and mentoring? Imagine what you could accomplish with the knowledge, skills, and networking you’ll gain from the SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined program. This intensive executive-level training series offers opportunities for small business owners to work with professional coaches and mentors, gain skills needed to grow, and develop connections with peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Applications are now being accepted through April 28. Learn more information and apply here:

Upcoming Small Business Events and Training

Military Spouse Pathway to Business
Georgia Veterans Business Outreach Center

Military Spouse Pathway to Business is an introduction to entrepreneurship course presented by the SBA and its partners. This 1-Day course will:

  • Give you an overview of what it takes to start a small business

  • Introduce you to SBA and partner resources that can assist you with your starting or growing your business

  • Introduce you to follow-on course

Wednesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Myths and Realities of Small Business
Small Business Development Center

This program will cover the new State Small Business Credit Initiative program, designed to support small business’ access to capital, in addition to covering other various types of financing including: conventional bank loans, SBA-guaranteed loans, private equity, specialty lending programs and grant funding.

Wednesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Government Contracting with GDOT
ACE Loans Women’s Business Center, Savannah Region

Discover how small businesses can access significant contract opportunities as subcontractors along I-16 with GDOT and explore City and State projects.

Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

SBA Overview (In Person)
Small Business Development Center

Are you interested in starting or growing a small business? Find out how SBA can help you along the way. During this in-person information session, attendees will learn the (4) pillars of SBA resources, including access to capital, federal contracting, counseling & education, and disaster assistance. 

The SBA Georgia District Office is located in the Peachtree Center in Downtown Atlanta at 233 Peachtree Street NE Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30303. Arrive early to find paid parking options nearby or arrive take MARTA to the Peachtree Center station.

Wednesday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

What Every Business Needs to Know About OSHA Safety
Small Business Development Center

Learn about the hazards associated with a workplace, and the best methods to control them. You will leave this course being equipped with your knowledge of the key elements for well-functioning health, safety programs, and basic legal requirements for a healthy and safe environment.

Thursday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Starting a Business
Small Business Development Center

Often, new business owners "don't know what they don't know". This class will equip you to be able to ask all the right questions as you are planning and forming your brand new business.

Thursday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Woman Owned Small Business Certification Information Session
Greater Wealth Women’s Works

The Small Business Act authorizes contracting officers to specifically set-aside, certain requirements for competition solely among women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs).  These opportunities are meant to increase the number of federal contracts awarded to women entrepreneurs.

Thursday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Crafting Your Brand: Mastering Labels and Merchandising for Local Makers
ACE Loans Women’s Business Center, Savannah Region

Unlock the secrets to thriving in local markets by mastering the art of effective branding, labeling, and merchandising strategies. Explore the impact of a strong brand, craft attention-grabbing labels, and excel in the art of product presentation. Plus, gain insights into crucial legal considerations.

Thursday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Small Business Development Center

Whether you are a new business (in business 2 years or less), or are still in the planning phase, building a business takes the right tools—and a lot of hard work. SBDC StartSmart will equip you to be successful!

SBDC StartSmart helps attendees to:

• Evaluate & refine your business concept
• Improve your knowledge of business concepts
• Research markets and competition
• Develop a financial forecast to improve chances of success
• Develop a thorough, practical business plan

Mondays and Wednesdays, April 22 to May 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Rural Marketing: Reap What You Sow
Small Business Development Center

Rural consumers often demonstrate a unique set of geographic, demographic, psychographic, and behavioral traits compared to urban markets. This course offers marketing insights and strategies for businesses that want to establish or deepen their roots within rural communities.

Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET REGISTER HERE

Small Business Access to Capital
ACE Women’s Business Center, Atlanta Region

Looking for funds for your business? Join us and learn about ACE’s loan products and requirements, business plan tool, who is funding start-ups and all the resources ACE and the Women’s Business Center offer to support small businesses.

Wednesday, April 24, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET REGISTER HERE