Marion County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Deidre N. Williams, SVP, Small Business and Membership Services Greater Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce Service Core of Retired Executives www.score.org A nonprofit associate dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have been assisting small businesses for nearly 50 years. S.C.O.R.E. is supported by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Volunteers deliver mentoring services at no charge. Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across 62 industries FREE, confidential business COUNSELING in person or via email FREE business TOOLS, templates and tips via their website Inexpensive or free business WORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7) With 364 Chapters – they easily align entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors FREE Online business workshops FREE Interactive worksheets to accompany areas of interest Areas of Interest include: o Accounting and Budgeting o Business Planning o Cash Flow Management o Customer Relations o Legal o Financial Jeff Morton – Director, Columbus S.C.O.R.E. Office Appointment Line is 706.596.8331 Office Hours are 9:30am to 11:30am: o Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Email address is [email protected] Located in downtown Columbus: Wells Fargo Bank Building, 2nd Floor 101 – 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901 The University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center – Columbus, GA www.georgiasbdc.org Supported in part by the SBA Areas of specialty include: o Consulting o Continuing Education • Classroom • Online o Research Consultants who can help: o Develop and update business plans o Identify sources of capital o Set up record-keeping systems and analyze financial records o Identify foreign markets for products or services o Conduct specialized research geared to specific needs of the o o o o business-owner Create marketing strategies and advertising campaigns Explore suitable ways to conform to government regulations Increase opportunities to sell to federal, state, and local governments Analyze statistical and demographic data Category/ Program Date Start Length Location Cost 9:00 AM 3hrs Columbus $495.00 Management Assistance *** SBDC StartSmart Sep 21 Procurement/International/Technology Introduction to Government Contracting Sep 20 10:00 AM 2hrs Columbus $0.00 Aug 30 1:30 PM 2hrs Columbus $0.00 Starting A Business 5 Proven Steps to Choosing a Winning Franchise Data Sources o Census Data o Economic Census Data Georgia Business Facts Industry Fact Sheets o Industry fact sheets are a compilation of secondary data and industry trends in the United States and Georgia. They contain information relevant and important for both those operating a business within the profiled industry, as well as those considering going into business. Mark Lupo – Columbus Area Director o Todd Carlisle – Consultant o Deborah Free – Administrator The University of Georgia SBDC Cunningham Conference Center at Columbus State University 3100 Gentian Blvd., Suite 119 Columbus, Georgia 31907 Telephone: (706) 569-2651 Fax: (706) 569-2657 GTPAC www.gtpac.org GTPAC’s Mission: o To provide marketing and procurement technical assistance to Georgia businesses, large and small, operating in the government procurement markets at the federal, state, and local levels as a prime contractor or subcontractor GTPAC’s Goal: o Business growth and the creation or retention of jobs resulting from government contract awards Train business owners at procurement workshops, seminars, and classes. Coach businesses on the procurement process and on marketing their products and services to government organizations. Notify businesses of bid opportunities. Network opportunities for clients with government agencies and primes. Training Bid match service Paperwork assistance Procurement history Reference Library E-Commerce assistance One-on-one counseling Service provided at NO COST Mr. Roy H. Leggett - Columbus Counselor Location: Enterprise Innovation Institute Georgia Institute of Technology 3100 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, Georgia 31907 Telephone: 706) 569-2688 Fax: (706) 562-8447 E-mail: [email protected] www. www.columbusincubator.org Key Objectives o Increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology job creation o o o o o in Georgia Solve technology challenges for businesses Attract and retain technology jobs Increase the number of patents in our region Develop new methodologies Educate the business community on the types of research available at the state and federal level Mission o Increase technology-related jobs in the Valley area. Facility o Our foundation for innovation is the two floors that we occupy in the modern Cunningham Center on the campus of Columbus State University. Our 20,000 sf facility accommodates up to 33 tenant companies focused on business development and technology innovation. Office Space / Services o Offices starting at less than $400 per month o Access to meeting and training rooms o Utilities included in rent o Shared work room including copier, fax, and scanner. o High-speed Internet connection o Access to free business consulting services Contact Information: The Regional Technology Incubator is located on the campus of CSU in the Cunningham Center 3100 Gentian Boulevard Columbus, GA 31907 Phone: (706) 562-8339 Fax: (706) 562-8447 www.sba.gov Access online information 24/7 for small business news and information and training entrepreneurs Has nationwide partners who assist millions of potential and current small business owners start, grow and succeed The SBA – Georgia District Office offers resources and programs targeting small businesses provide an advantage necessary to help small businesses effectively compete in the marketplace and strengthen the overall US Economy Terri L. Denison – District Director Regional Office Location: Region IV SBA 233 Peachtree Street NE Suite 1800 Atlanta, GA 30303 United States Telephone: 404-331-4999 Fax: 404-331-2354 Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) Established June 1998 – Ron Hinze and Steering Committee www.columbusgachamber.com Mission: o To provide new and existing small businesses in the greater Columbus region quality, responsive, and professional resources in one convenient location. Provide counseling and assistance to startup and existing businesses Improves access to and awareness of new and existing resources Link businesses to existing resource agencies and organizations Improve ability of existing resource agencies and organizations to market, promote and track their programs Helps businesses to improve their products and services New and existing small businesses come to the BOSS or are referred by a service provider. Specific Services include assistance with: Business licenses, permits, zoning, inspections, compliance, bids, disadvantaged business enterprises, certificates of occupancy Federal, state, and local procurement assistance Financing Training, mentoring, networking, consultant program Startup and business plan counseling All services FREE of Charge Eight step Program to ensure business success Small Business Market Service Providers Better Business Bureau . Columbus Consolidated Government Columbus Small Business Incubator Intake Tasks Screening Counseling Referral Follow-up Evaluation Tracking Reporting Columbus State University Columbus Tech Development Authority of Columbus Electronic Commerce Resource Center Enterprise Zone Export Assistance Center Finance Center Fort Benning Small Business Advisor GA Department of Administration Business licenses, permits, zoning, inspections, compliance, bids, disadvantaged business enterprises Federal, state, and local procurement assistance GA Department of Human Resources Financing GA Department of Labor Training, Mentoring, Networking, Consultant Program GA Institute of Technology GA Governor’s Office GA Secretary of State’s Office Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Small Business Administration THE BOSS MODEL Small Business Services UGA/BOS/SBDC Uptown Columbus, Inc Urban League of Greater Columbus Utilities Startup/ Business Plans Counseling Professional Consultant’s Program (PCP) Provide small business members of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and clients of the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) of Columbus, professional business consultation on a one on one basis. o Use volunteer professional members of the Chamber on a pro bono basis o Develop a consulting structure for the interview process o Use all the appropriate marketing available to the Chamber and BOSS o Develop a follow-up structure to determine effectiveness of the program o Develop a structure for recognition of professionals involved 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1st consultation with BOSS Complete BOSS Intake Form 1st consultation visit with SCORE or UGA/BOS Small Business Development Center Working on Business Plan and Financial Blueprints Final consultation to SCORE or UGA-SBDC to review Business Plan and Financial Blueprints Financing Obtain necessary licenses/permits/certifications and business insurance Open a business checking account OPEN FOR BUSINESS!! Deidre N. Williams – Senior Vice President Small Business and Membership Services Location: Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce 1200 6th Avenue Columbus, GA 31902 Telephone: 706.257.1198 Fax: 706.327.7512 Email: [email protected] S.C.O.R.E. The University of Georgia’s SBDC – Columbus Office Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center CSU’s Cunningham Center – Regional Technology Incubators The (SBA) Small Business Administration – Georgia District Office GCCC - BOSS ????????? Thank You!