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SBA Programs Help Jackson Dental Center Expand And Remain on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

—E200 Program and 7(a) Loan Assist Dr. Montina Jackson— 

After being on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for several decades, Dr. Montina Jackson and her husband Jerome Jackson realized it was time to upgrade and expand their dental center and laboratory.

They both were committed to providing their services to the neighborhood just a block west      of the H.E. Holmes MARTA station. But at the same time, they needed a much larger facility to replace the small building they had occupied in the area for over 30 years.

Dr. Jackson says doors really started to open for their expansion in the fall of 2008. At that time, she enrolled and took part in the SBA’s first “Emerging 200” management training course in Atlanta. This agency initiative, now in its third year, was designed to revitalize and transform inner city businesses through over 60 hours of almost college-level executive training.

“I think my E200 training helped me to critically analyze... Read More

SBA-Backed Financing Helps Build Meddin Studios, New State of the Art Digital Media Facility in Savannah

—Owners’ “Business Idea” draws visit from President Obama—

The paint was barely dry on the walls of the three sound studios at Meddin Studios LLC in late February when word reached owners Jon Foster and Nick Gant that President Obama wanted to include their new digital video production center on his upcoming visit to Savannah. The President would be in the city to speak about plans to increase federal support for small businesses and the White House had seen media coverage of this new “one stop” video production complex designed to serve the city’s growing movie-video activity.

The President would not be disappointed after his on-site inspection of Meddin Studios’ 22,000 square-foot facility. The cutting edge digital complex was built inside the concrete walls of what had been the old Meddin Brothers meatpacking plant on Louisville Road, less than three miles from the heart of Savannah.

Besides its sound studios, the Meddin complex offers full post-... Read More