Friday's SBDC seminar to focus on common business mistakes
by Matt Shinall
May 16, 2013 | 1473 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grab a brown bag, pack a lunch and join the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Council hosts experts from the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center for a Lunch and Learn seminar Friday.

The lunchtime learning opportunity will be hosted by business consultants from UGA’s small-business public service extension, the SBDC. Consultant Matt Pearce from the Rome SBDC office will present the 10 Biggest Mistakes That Sabotage Businesses.

“You can still come, bring your own lunch and just come enjoy the seminar,” said Small Business Council Chair Chuck Nida. “I think guests will begin to understand what are the pitfalls of business, whether you’re starting a business or you’ve been in business a while, and how to avoid these common mistakes people make.

“I think the takeaway from this will be that you will learn principles that could cause your business to be more successful.”

Pearce and SBDC Area Consultant Richard Montanaro will be on hand Friday for the presentation as well as questions from those in attendance. After the seminar, Pearce and Montanaro will be available to speak one-on-one with area business owners or prospective business owners.

“We’re going to be introducing the Small Business Development Center and different ways that our office provides services to small businesses or to people thinking about starting a small business,” said SBDC Program Coordinator Kinsey Hicks. “Then we’ll be talking about the Top 10 Biggest Mistakes That Sabotage Businesses. That can range from not looking at your records enough or not looking at them critically to not keeping up with your cash or letting everyone working for you have access to that.

“Those are just a couple of examples of the 10 biggest mistakes, ... but then [Pearce] and Richard will be there to answer any questions and they will stay there as long as needed.”

For Nida, an introduction to the services offered by SBDC consultants, which includes advice on marketing, financing, human resources, production, exporting and more, is alone worth the time invested in attending Friday’s Lunch and Learn.

“Matt Pearce has been a business owner in the past and he was very successful,” Nida said. “This is an opportunity for business owners to come meet Matt and get an introduction to SBDC and what they offer business owners — and it’s all free. They’ll come meet with you, they’ll call you, they’ll help you, guide you and they have a tremendous amount of resources to help new or existing businesses.”

Friday’s Lunch and Learn will be held at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, 122 W. Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s no cost for chamber members bringing their own lunch. For more information, or cost information for non members, call 770-382-1466.

The Small Business Council will partner with the SBDC again in the fall for an in-depth seminar series on how to start and grow a business. The GrowSmart seminars will take place once a week for six weeks taking a detailed look at the obstacles and challenges of business ownership.

To contact the SBDC, visit or call 706-622-2006.

Biz Council produces online videos

The Small Business Council, a committee of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, also is gearing up to offer online learning opportunities for business owners and prospective business owners.

The first of such opportunities went online earlier this month to help promote Friday’s Lunch and Learn and give an overview of services provided by the SBDC as well as how to get in touch with consultants. The video is available to view at

“This is something new,” Nida said. “We got to talking as a group and we know that not everyone can take off to come to a Lunch and Learn. So we realized that in today’s technology, we’ve got to be able to make this accessible.

“Someone could go home at night and maybe they work a job somewhere, but they have a dream of starting a business and they want to educate themselves and learn more. Now they’ll be able to sit at home and pull up their iPad or laptop and go to the chamber’s website. They can listen to a seminar or a lecture series and it makes them aware of what the chamber has to offer and how the chamber can be an influence in starting their business one day.”

For those unable to be at the Lunch and Learn Friday, the event will be recorded and available online at a later date.