Those Columbus-area businesses hoping to take their fortunes to a higher level might want to look into the upcoming GrowSMART course.
The 10-module, seven-week course kicks off Oct. 20 at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Conference Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd. The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Columbus is now accepting applications for their signature series.
“We have a couple of seats still available. We are looking for a couple of business owners that are hungry to learn how best to prepare for the challenges that growth will bring,” said Mark Lupo, area director for the SBDC.
The nationally recognized program — which meets on Fridays — aims to help business people develop a strategy for growing their companies, even amid challenging times. The course covers planning, marketing research, analyzing financial statements, fostering a stronger environment overall, and ultimately putting it all into action.
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GrowSMART has sponsors that help defray the cost of the program, including Kinetic Credit Union, Georgia Power and AJK, an accounting firm. But there still is an $895 fee for participants, who must submit an application and be accepted into the program, which is in its 11th year.
For more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at 706-569- 2651 or visit www.georgiasbdc.org/2017-sbdc-growsmart-in-columbus/.