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Discount Available for Chamber Members for the SBDC GrowSmart Program

September 5, 2014

SBDC GrowSmart

Kennesaw State University’s Small Business Development Center is now accepting applications for their SBDC GrowSmart™ program. This dynamic program gives small business owners the tools and strategies they need to grow their business, and recognizes the need for flexibility and agility in today’s rapidly changing world. Using a one-page strategy map designed especially for this program, participants identify company goals and the strategies to achieve them.

SBDC GrowSmart™ was developed by the Georgia SBDC and builds on their experience with Georgia’s growing businesses. In five full-day weekly sessions, learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO. The program includes:

  • 35 hours of class time delivered in five full-day modules covering all areas of business operation
  • Opportunities to evaluate your business, competition and markets
  • Hands-on, interactive programs promoting the sharing of best practices
  • Expert speakers that add insights to the topic of the day
  • Step-by-step development of your company’s strategies for growth

All class sessions take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. The scheduled programs include:

September 19                                Module 1: Planning for Growth
September 26                                Module 2: Marketing Research & Planning
October 3                                        Module 3: Leadership & Management
October 17                                      Module 4: Financial Analysis & Tools
October 24                                      Module 5: Operations and Implementation

Applicants must have: at least two years of successful operation, at least one non-owner employee, annual revenues of $300,000 or more, and the opportunity and desire to grow.

As a benefit to your Cobb Chamber membership, the SBDC GrowSmart™ program is offering a $100 discount. Tuition is $895 per person, $795 after the Cobb Chamber member discount. Thanks to the sponsors, a number of partial scholarships, up to $400, are also available. Scholarship recipients will receive the entire five-week program, along with materials, breakfast and lunch for only $495! Scholarships are limited so apply today. Click here to apply for scholarship.

To allow participants maximum benefit from this interactive forum, enrollment is limited and an application is required. Applications are reviewed to ensure competitive conflicts are eliminated. 

To learn more about SBDC GrowSmart™ or to register, click here. For more information, contact the Kennesaw State University SBDC at 470-578-6450 or

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