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SBA Honors 2014 Atlanta Emerging Leaders Graduates

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized 14 small businesses in the SBA Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony today at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.  The SBA Emerging Leaders initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.

“Atlanta is one of 27 cities selected to participate in Emerging Leaders, and this year marks the seventh year for Atlanta to receive funding for this valuable program,” said Terri Denison, SBA Georgia District Director.  “Participating in this program affords business owners the opportunity to work on their businesses as well as in them.”

Through the Emerging Leaders initiative, the SBA has... Read More

Georgia Small Business Person(s) of the Year 2014

Photo ID:  Georgia Small Business Person(s) of the Year 2014, Mr. Jeffrey Manley & Mr. Jusak Bernhard, TailsSpin Pet Supply Store, Savannah GA, meet with Administrator Contreras-Sweet during National Small Business Week, Washington D.C.

From their kitchen to your table, catering to eat-in, 21 ShortStop is serving up southern cooking with a spice of business acumen.  One patron says “I really like this place, southern cooking at its best!  Nice portions, good selection, flavorful and affordable...yum!”  Before the lights go on in the kitchen Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Johnson understand firsthand what it means to have a business plan that they follow just like a recipe. 

Mr. Arthur Johnson came to The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Savannah for help with opening 21 ShortStop, a restaurant in Pt. Wentworth, Georgia offering “Southern Cooking with a Touch of Soul”.  Mr. Johnson already owned some land on Highway 21 between Savannah and Rincon that he believed would be an excellent location for his restaurant.  He needed help developing a business plan and acquiring funding so he could build and open the restaurant on his land.  His wife Sandra had extensive experience and would run... Read More

Success so fast TailsSpin

With the assistance of the SBA and The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), success came quickly for Jeffrey Manley and Jusak Bernhard, so fast it made their TailsSpin. They began with developing their business plan, acquiring funding, and opening TailsSpin, a retail pet supply business, in the Historic District of Savannah, Georgia on October 5th, 2007.

Since then, TailsSpin has built a loyal customer base, offering customers quality natural pet foods, a wide selection of pet accessories, and top-notch customer service. The business has grown rapidly, with sales through November 2012 totaling more than 5 times sales in 2008, the business’s first full year. The business now has 24 employees. TailsSpin’s growth led first to a larger location in Midtown Savannah. Then the company expanded by opening a second 3,000 square foot store in Pooler, Georgia in September of 2011. In 2012, TailsSpin was named Macon Mogul in Gateway Macon’s initiative to bring... Read More