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BIG Administers City’s Small Business COVID-10 Relief Grant Program

The City of Statesboro sought the expertise of the Business Innovation Group to administer and review grant applications for small business relief. Eligible businesses had to be located in a physical establishment within the city limits, have less than $2M in annual gross revenue, and be able to display the negative impact that the pandemic had […]


New Officers Create Character for Campus Organization

By Eminah Quintyne Six officers recently changed the name of the 3 Day Startup (3DS) campus student organization to Square 1. BIG’s September Newsletter featured Marin Coleman, the new president of Square 1, who shared her story on how her experience at 3DS boosted her confidence in her belief of her abilities. 3DS is a […]


Georgia Southern University Student Launches a Kickstarter Campaign to Expand his Longboard Manufacturing Company

Evan Duffield, owner of Displacement Board Company, launched a Kickstarter on July 3, 2018, to begin the first phases of his company’s expansion. Duffield and Garret Howze, both senior mechanical engineering students at Georgia Southern University, began Displacement in 2017 after tiring of the traditional construction of wooden longboards. Using their experience from Georgia Southern’s […]


Veterans Business Outreach Center

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is an SBA-funded resource available to service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses with interest in starting or expanding upon a small business.  With over 20 locations across the United States, VBOC advisors provide entrepreneurial development assistance, mentoring and training in areas such as international […]


Ocean Exchange Announces Winner of 2017 BIG Pitch Collegiate Award of $10,000

The seventh annual Ocean Exchange, hosted last week in Savannah, Georgia, featured the third year of the BIG Pitch Award, sponsored by Georgia Southern University, the College of Business Administration, and the Business Innovation Group. Pipeguard Robotics, a team from MIT, won this year’s $10,000 BIG Pitch Award.  The Pipeguard Robotics solution inspects water pipes […]