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Local Resources for Business Start-Ups and Small Businesses

Prior to starting your business it is most important to research your market and business climate. The more you know, the better chances of success. The following is a partial list of Small Business resources (Printable Version PDF) designed to help you as you organize your business:

Small Business Development Center (SBDC):  An outreach arm of the University of Georgia, the SBDC offers a wide range of free business consulting services for potential business owners including: starting a business, obtaining financing, and developing marketing and managerial plans.
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
111 E. Liberty St., Suite 200, Savannah, GA 31401-4410
Telephone (912) 912-651-3200

SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives)
Business Plans, Business Mentoring. SBA Financing
111 E. Liberty St., Suite 200, Savannah, GA 31401-4410
Telephone: (912) 652-4335

Coastal Area District Development Authority
Commercial Financing
# 1 Bull Street, Suite 301
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-236-9566

Small Business Assistance Corporation
Commercial Financing
111 E. Liberty St., Suite 100
Savannah, GA 31412
Phone: 912-232-4700
Web Site: www.sbacsav.com

Chamber of Commerce
Promotes economic growth in the community through a variety of programs and services.
Entrepreneur Driven Educational and Mentoring Programs are being launched throughout the year.
520 W. Third Street, Springfield, GA 31329
Telephone: 912-754-3301
Email: ricklott(at)effinghamcounty.com or beckyshea(at)effinghamcounty.com

Effingham County Administrative Office

601 North Laurel Street Springfield, Georgia 31329
Monday — Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Effingham County Office Annex
Web Site: www.effinghamcounty.org

University of Georgia
Cooperative Extension Service
403 N. Pine Street
Springfield, GA31329
Phone: 912-754-2134

City Governments

City of Guyton
310 Central Blvd.
Guyton, GA 31312
Phone: 912-772-3353
Web Site: www.cityofguyton.com  
City of Rincon
302 S. Columbia Ave.
Rincon, GA 31326
Phone: 912-826-5745
Web Site: www.cityofrincon.com  
City of Springfield
130 S. Laurel St
Springfield, GA 31329
Phone: 912-754-6666
Web Site: www.cityofspringfield.com  

Live Oak Public Library System

Live Oak Public Library - Rincon
17th St. at Hwy 21
Rincon, GA 31326
Phone: 912-826-2222
Web Site: http://www.liveoakpl.org
Live Oak Pulic Library - Springfield
810 Hwy 119 South
Springfield, GA 31326
Phone: 912-754-3003

Savannah Technical College

Savannah Campus
5717 White Bluff Rd.
Savahhan, GA 31405
Telephone: 912-443-5700
Web Site: www.savannahtech.edu
Effingham Campus
2890 Hwy. 21 South
Rincon, GA 31326
Telephone: 912-754-2880

Higher education institutions offer an ever-changing calendar of short courses as well as credit courses in business, management and entrepreneurship. These include:

Armstrong Atlantic State University, Phone 912-927-5277
Georgia Institute of Technology - Savannah Campus 912-966-7913
Advanced Technology Dev. Ctr., Phone: 404 894-2000
University of Georgia, Savannah - Continuing Education Center; Phone: 912 651-3200.
Georgia Southern University- Statesboro - College of Bus. Admin., Phone: 912-681-5106
Savannah State University, Phone: 912-356-2181

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Ray Snow, Regional Project Manager
162 Tison Dr. Brunswick, GA 31523
Telephone: 678-640-6941
Web Site: www.georgia.org

Georgia Department of Labor
Suite E. Gloucester Square
1801 Gloucester St.
Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912-554-3453
Web Stie:  http://www.dol.ga.gov 

Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute
760 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332-0640
Web Stie: www.edi.gatech.edu

Better Business Bureau
of the Coastal Empire
6605 Aberconr St., Suite 108-C
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: 912-354-7251
Web Site: www.bbbsoutheastatlantic.org/newindex.html

Georgia Secretary of State - First Stop Information Center
This is one of the best sources for Business Forms, Licenses and Regulations
211 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30331
Phone: 404-656-2881
Web Site: http://sos.georgia.gov/firststop

Internal Revenue Service
Located in Atlanta
Phone: 800-424-1040 or 800-829-4933
Web Site: www.irs.gov
For helpful information for Small Businesses go to: www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html

Minority Business Development Agency
Regional Office

401 W. Peachtree St., Room 1715
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-730-3300

Small Business Administration
Atlanta Office
Phone: 404-347-4999
Web Site: http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/

US Department of Labor
This office can provide you with the latest OSHA
requirements and regulations.
1375 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 587
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-347-3573
Web Stie: http://www.dol.gov/



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