August 28, 2012

Report
Marion County Chamber of
Commerce
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Deidre N. Williams,
SVP, Small Business and Membership Services Greater Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce
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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.
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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
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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
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Jeff Morton – Director, Columbus S.C.O.R.E. Office
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Appointment Line is 706.596.8331
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Office Hours are 9:30am to 11:30am:
o Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
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Email address is [email protected]
Located in downtown Columbus:
Wells Fargo Bank Building, 2nd Floor
101 – 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901
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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
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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
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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
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Data Sources
o Census Data
o Economic Census Data
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Georgia Business Facts
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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.
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Mark Lupo – Columbus Area Director
o Todd Carlisle – Consultant
o Deborah Free – Administrator
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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
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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
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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.
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Training
Bid match service
Paperwork assistance
Procurement history
Reference Library
E-Commerce assistance
One-on-one counseling
Service provided at NO COST
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Mr. Roy H. Leggett - Columbus Counselor
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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]
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www. www.columbusincubator.org
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Key Objectives
o Increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology job creation
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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.
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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.
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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
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www.sba.gov
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Access online information 24/7 for small business news
and information and training entrepreneurs
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Has nationwide partners who assist millions of potential
and current small business owners start, grow and succeed
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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
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Terri L. Denison – District Director
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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
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Business One Stop Shop (BOSS)
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Established June 1998 – Ron Hinze and Steering
Committee
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www.columbusgachamber.com
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Mission:
o To provide new and existing small businesses in the
greater Columbus region quality, responsive, and
professional resources in one convenient location.
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Provide counseling and assistance to startup and
existing businesses
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Improves access to and awareness of new and existing
resources
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Link businesses to existing resource agencies and
organizations
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Improve ability of existing resource agencies and
organizations to market, promote and track their
programs
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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:
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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
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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
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BOSS
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Small Business
Services
UGA/BOS/SBDC
Uptown Columbus, Inc
Urban League of Greater Columbus
Utilities
Startup/ Business Plans
Counseling
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Professional Consultant’s Program (PCP)
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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
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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!!
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Deidre N. Williams – Senior Vice President Small Business and
Membership Services
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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
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Thank You!

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