Small Business Development Center

Laura Katz, a consultant with the Small Business Development Center, SBDC, presenting at the Contractor Academy.

With 17 locations across the state, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center’s goal is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.


Community Coworking at Studio 225

Every Thursday, any community entrepreneur with a startup is invited to come work out of Studio 225. Share resources, meet other entrepreneurs working on startups, and engage with student entrepreneurs.

Innovation at Work

  • An idea comes to life

    Athens resident Josh McCauley had an idea he just couldn’t shake. An affordable, build-it-yourself housing option that used recycled plastic that otherwise would end up in landfills.

    McCauley's design and manufacturing background inspired the idea, but he lacked the business know-how to figure out if it could work.

    To test the marketable of his idea, he took UGA’s Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, accelerator course. Working closely with UGA Startup mentors, he was able to apply for a patent and launch the company COMB, which is looking to revolutionize the sustainability of homebuilding.

  • Using technology to serve the community

    The right to an attorney does not extend to civil law, and that leaves many of the community’s most vulnerable at a disadvantage in family, housing, and health care disputes.

    To address that need in Athens-Clarke County, a group of students in the New Media Institute partnered with the volunteer organization Athens Access to Justice to offer technology-based solutions. The students developed a website that begins to make civil law a little more approachable for litigants hoping to argue their own cases without a lawyer.