'78 alum serves as State Director of SBDC
Small businesses of less than 500 employees comprise approximately 98% of the businesses in Georgia and employ nearly 50% of the state’s non-farm, private sector workers.
Many SCPS alumni own, manage, or work in small businesses, and one of our own alumni currently leads a state organization dedicated to helping many of these businesses and people succeed.
Allan Adams, Class of 1978, is the State Director of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He manages 83 employees in 18 statewide offices headquartered in Athens at the University of Georgia. Part of a national network of SBDC’s in all 50 states, the network is similar to the agricultural cooperative extension service that helps farmers in communities nationwide.
Georgia’s SBDC (www.sbdc.uga.edu) specifically offers tailored business services to communities and individuals around the state, especially entrepreneurs.
In a recent year under Allan’s leadership, Georgia’s SBDC provided training to more than 14,000 people, consulted with nearly 5,000 business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs, and offered more than 700 workshops and seminars ranging from sales and marketing to accounting to management.
“Many entrepreneurs have skills and passion related to their product or service, but they may not know the best ways to effectively manage, expand, or sustain their business,” says Allan. “Many times, people expand too fast or too far ahead of their cash flow, or their ability to attract and manage the right staff. That’s where we come in; we help people succeed.”