KSU’s small business development center honored with award
by CBJ Staff
June 02, 2014 12:00 AM | 749 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

On April 30, Cassius Butts, the regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, honored the Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center during the Small Business Week awards luncheon. The event was hosted by the Georgia Quality Lenders Circle in Atlanta.

Drew Tonsmeire, area director of the KSU SBDC, was present during the luncheon, along with his team of business consultants, Andy Fried and Antonio Barrios, to accept the award and to thank the lenders, partners and small business owners present at the event. The Kennesaw State SBDC was awarded the 2014 Regional Small Business Development Center Excellence in Innovation Award. The region consists of the eight Southeastern states.

The Kennesaw State SBDC is part of University of Georgia SBDC and is responsible for innovations such as a mobile app for loan analysis, online class instruction and many more innovative programs that assist small business owners. For five years, it led all Georgia SBDC offices in capital formation of over $56 million. A recent survey of Kennesaw State SBDC’s clients revealed that sales for 2012 grew by more than 18 percent from the previous year while experiencing a 14 percent job growth, because of the services offered by the SBDC. 

The SBA Georgia District Office honored 10 Small Business Week winners during the awards ceremony. For more information on the awards, contact mark.gibson@sba.gov.

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