Georgia Southern’s SBDC Relocates to City Campus, Joins Business Innovation Group

BiG-Logo-Draft-Set5-MovedGear2-SMALLThe Georgia Southern University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), currently located in the Market District on Fair Rd. is relocating to the City Campus in downtown Statesboro at 58 East Main St. As of January 1, 2015, the SBDC will be operating from City Campus as part of the Business Innovation Group (BIG). BIG will consist of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership (CELL), which includes GENIE, the Innovation Incubator, and Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), and the SBDC; all are part of the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration. Becky Brownlee, SBDC business consultant, says, “We are excited to be joining CELL and BBRED in beautiful downtown Statesboro at City Campus. We will continue to see clients as normal at the new location.”

“Having all of the components of the Business Innovation Group located at the City Campus will enable us to enhance services to the region’s entrepreneurship and business community,” says Dominique Halaby, director for BBRED and CELL. “The relocation of the SBDC is a key component of our effort to create a business and community development hub for the region.”

The SBDC serves for-profit businesses in a 13 county area surrounding Statesboro and includes Bulloch, Liberty, Candler, Screven, Emanuel, Tattnall, Evans, Toombs, Jenkins, Montgomery, Effingham, Chatham, and Bryan counties. Part of Georgia Southern’s College of Business Administration and The Georgia Small Business Development Center Network, the SBDC provides consulting assistance on a variety of topics that includes writing business plans, applying for loans or other financial assistance, QuickBooks, and marketing. In addition to consulting assistance, the SBDC provides continuing education programs on Starting a Business, QuickBooks, Marketing, Business Planning, and more.

Georgia Southern MBA Global Business Strategy Team Recognized

MBADTRATOne of the student teams in the Georgia Southern University MBA capstone class, Global Business Strategy, recently finished in the top 4% of the approximately 1,200 graduate level student teams worldwide that competed in the CAPSIM Capstone business simulation.

Randy Brunson, Kimberly Collins, Phil Helmey, Matthew Lovett, and Matthew Repella collaborated to achieve their remarkable simulation performance. This group was not the only Georgia Southern MBA student team that was highly successful competing in the simulation this fall semester. Half of the teams in the class scored in the top 10% worldwide for the final round of the simulation.

The academically rigorous simulation, widely used by MBA programs throughout the world, involves decision-making related to running a fictitious electronics component manufacturing company for several time periods. Teams make decisions related to all of the functional areas of a company during the course of the simulation by utilizing complex data from a variety of sources and employing analytic tools taught during their MBA education. The decision-making processes required by the simulation prepare the students for the decision-making responsibilities that upper level management typically encounters in their leadership roles.

According to Dr. John Leaptrott, the professor for the class, “Having such positive, objective feedback from the simulation confirms our view that the Georgia Southern MBA is a top quality program that attracts very talented students who are seeking an MBA educational experience that is highly relevant to their careers.”

Superior SACS Accreditation Reports

The following faculty members were recognized for submitting superior SACS accreditation reports at the 2nd Annual Assessment Symposium on November 5 at the Gene Bishop Field House:

Jerry Burke
Tim Cairney
Leslie B. Fletcher
William Levernier

Online Education Debate

A recent article in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek quoted the Dean of the Haas School of Business at Berkeley as saying that due to the growing popularity and acceptance of online education, “Half of the business schools in this country could be out of business in 10 years—or 5.” As a result, QS Top MBA approached Dr. Geoff Dick in the College of Business Information Systems department to write an opinion piece which would run against one giving the opposite view to stimulate debate. You can read the articles and participate in the debate here:

Staying in Georgia After Graduation? Look Here for Jobs

Where to move if Georgia’s on your mind

Do you know what you’re doing after graduation? If you’re like most College of Business Administration graduates, you’ll be looking for a job soon after—or possibly even before—you walk off campus with your degree in hand. For recent College of Business graduates who wish to stay in the state of Georgia after graduation, finding the right place to look for jobs can seem like an overwhelming task. You might want to start in these cities.


Located north of Atlanta, Alpharetta has one of the largest clusters of technology employers in the entire South. In addition to big names like Verizon and Hewlett-Packard, it’s also home to information-services companies like Lexis-Nexis. What’s more, there’s a vibrant startup culture here that makes entrepreneurial types feel right at home.

Peachtree City

Tucked into the rolling hills just southwest of Atlanta, Peachtree City is a high-tech manufacturing hub that has plenty of managerial and supervisory positions available. With low living costs and virtually nonexistent crime rates, it’s also a great place to raise a family.


Located east of Atlanta, Athens is a cultural and academic hub. The home of The University of Georgia has plenty of teaching and research positions available, but its real strength may lie in the startup culture fueled by clever members of the city’s academic community. If you’re bright and ambitious, you’ll fit right in here.

Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs isn’t far from Alpharetta, and the two cities’ economies have lots in common. Like Alpharetta, this friendly city is home to many technology employers, including IBM. It also has a massive healthcare complex that offers opportunities for those interested in administrative and managerial roles that make a difference in the lives of others.


Located south of Savannah and Statesboro, Hinesville benefits from the proximity of Fort Stewart. It’s also home to a well-regarded medical cluster that offers similar opportunities to those found in Sandy Springs. If you have military ties or ambitions, Hinesville could be high on your list.

Get Your Business Degree from Georgia Southern at the College of Business Administration

No matter where you’re moving after graduation, you’ll have an easier time finding a job with cutting-edge training and certification in the business fields most relevant to our ever-changing, highly competitive global economy. At the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration, we’re committed to connecting our students with the best job opportunities in every region of the country. To learn more about our offerings, call us or visit our website at

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