Dunwoody partners with UGA’s Small Business Development Center to support entrepreneurs


Together, they’re offering training at a deeply discounted rate for new business owners and pre-venture entrepreneurs.


Dunwoody, GA – November 21, 2022 – Dunwoody’s Economic Development Department is partnering with the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center to support the city’s entrepreneurs. Together, they’re making the SBDC’s Start Smart program available to Dunwoody residents at a deeply discounted rate.


“We recently completed an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy, which outlines actionable steps for the City to grow its entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Dunwoody Economic Development Director Michael Starling. “The first step in implementing this ecosystem is to offer more training and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.”


Start Smart is a four-week course with eight modules designed to assist new business owners with business plans, financial forecasting, software options and more. Start Smart’s upcoming January-February session will be held virtually, but the first and last sessions will be held in person. Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost of the program is usually $495; however, the City of Dunwoody is defraying $300 for Dunwoody residents and business owners to bring the cost to $195. Use this link to register.


SBDC StartSmart was developed by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center specifically for new business owners (two years in business or less) and pre-venture entrepreneurs in the final planning stages. The program is facilitated by specially trained consultants and a long-term relationship with the SBDC and follow-up consulting is available and encouraged.