Author: Matt Waldman
Contact: Christopher Hanks


UGA STARTUPS is the name of a new monthly seminar series on entrepreneurship, hosted by the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. "From Idea to the Retail Shelf: Getting Your Business off the Ground" will be the subject of the second seminar in the series on Tuesday, Mar. 29, at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead.

The three-hour seminar, which starts at 5:30 pm, will feature a panel of experts discussing how to get an invention or business off the ground. The featured panelist will be Dave Savage, president of the Inventors Association of Georgia. The first seminar on franchising had 80 registered participants.

"The feedback was incredible and overwhelmingly positive," said Chris Hanks, who directs the Terry Entrepreneurship Program and the UGA STARTUPs seminar series to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and assist them in launching successful ventures. "They could see that we were really trying to help and it was a safe, informal event without ulterior motives to promote or sell products and services."

The Entrepreneurship Program designed the series as an interactive, informal and safe forum open to anyone with a serious interest in starting a business. No brokers, consultants or persons soliciting business are invited to attend, Hanks said, and this helps attendees feel comfortable discussing fears and concerns about starting a business without pressure to become a client of the individuals giving advice.

The UGA STARTUPS seminar series is free for UGA students and alumni, and $10 for the general public. Future seminars will cover topics such as raising capital, purchasing existing businesses, secrets of successful startups and building wealth through business ownership.

The Entrepreneurship Program was established by the Terry College of Business to provide an outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum, mentoring by the most seasoned entrepreneurs in the Southeast, networking opportunities, practical seminars and an array of other resources designed to inspire, teach and serve entrepreneurs and those who hope to be.