Business education opportunities ramp up for fall | BiS

As the school year opens, so do the learning opportunities for the business community. Among the upcoming offerings: A small business financing forum by UGA Small Business Development Corp.; website globalization and the basics of international business by the World Trade Center Savannah.

Alternative Financing Workshop

The first opportunity for small businesses or new start-ups comes Friday with the UGA Development Center’s no-cost Alternative Financing Workshop.

Businesses need access to capital to operate and grow. However, traditional loans are not always available to small businesses or start-ups, nor are they necessarily the best source of funds for all businesses.

In this session, a panel of experts will discuss alternative means for gaining access to the financing small business needs to thrive and grow. Topics to be discussed include SBA 504 and 7(a) loans and more.

When: 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Where: Creative Coast’s Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St.

Cost: Free, online registration required at

Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Business

Many business owners know they need to be using social media, but they don’t know which platforms to use and how to manage a social media marketing plan in an environment that continually changes.

In September, the UGA Development Center will offer an interactive workshop designed to teach business owners how they can leverage social media by implementing a program focused on goals and getting results.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept.26.

Where: UGA SBDA, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave.

Cost: $69 registration at

World Trade Center Savannah’s Global Education Programs include workshops, seminars and events providing the necessary tools to successfully navigate international business. Otherwise noted, programs are held on the fourth floor of World Trade Center Savannah, 131 Hutchinson Island Road. Many of these programs sell out early. Register at

Website Globalization

The Internet knows no boundaries— and neither should a business website. It is imperative for small businesses to have a website strategy to effectively market their products and services internationally. Facilitated by the Director of the Atlanta U.S. Commercial Service, George Tracy, this program will share insight about the low-cost to no-cost modifications to internationalize your website. The information provided is offered by the U.S. Commercial Service’s Task Force on Website Optimization to businesses to assist them in maximizing their sales potential overseas. Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 14

Cost: $25 registration fee

The Basics of International Business Part I – Trade & Logistics

Are you ready to grow your business globally? Hear from state, federal, legal and logistics experts in international business on how to successfully grow your business through foreign markets. The speakers will provide information about tools, resources, available trade products and services to help you grow internationally. This is the first program in a two part series.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 19

Cost: $25 registration fee

Export Compliance in the New ACE Era

This one-day seminar will focus on the U.S. export regulations a U.S. Principal Party in Interest must comply with to demonstrate supervision and control over their exports. Seminar leaders will also discuss the new focus on compliance enforcement presented by the expansion and implementation of the Automated Commercial Environment program. This is a must-attend class for export operations personnel, sales, shipping and new hires to the logistics industry. Sponsored by The World Academy.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Cost: $75 registration fee.

The Basics of International Business Part II – Finance

Learn from regional experts in international business insurance, banking and logistics how to successfully grow your business through foreign markets. Our presenters will cover topics including accessing working capital, identifying international transaction risks and utilizing available government resources. Participants will also learn about options for possibly reducing their company’s tax burden for goods that are sold and/or manufactured overseas. The course prepares participants with practical knowledge and skills necessary to successfully operate an organization across borders. This is the second program in a two-part series.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 24.

$25 registration fee

For more information visit or contact LeAndrea Mikell at or 912.447.4157.

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