Business Innovation Group (BIG)
Parker College of Business


Score launches live stream workshop series

Score is partnering with BIG to offer four sessions of a business workshop series now through March  2019. Each series is related to profit and non-profit organizations. The launch follows enthusiastic reception of SCORE’s initial “Tools to Grow Your Business” workshop.  Various speakers with extensive expertise in their field are scheduled to lead each session. To register for an online session, please call 912-652-4335 and for additional details visit See workshop series below:

Topic: Retail Market Research on the Internet

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Speaker: Gary Johnson, SCORE mentor and former Retail Marketing Operations Executive


Topic: Human Resource Management: Bridges to Successful Business

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Speaker: Doug Fuss, SCORE mentor and former IBM Sales Management Executive


Topic: Lessons Learned During the Early Years of Small Business Ownership

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Speaker: Small business owner pane (TBA)


Topic: The Business Model Canvas: An Understanding of the Nine Parts of any Business Model

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Speaker: Al Torpie, SCORE mentor and former business executive

Entrepreneurs given the chance to own franchise

Franchisors with available property in southeast Georgia are going to be presenting their business opportunities in Savannah, Ga. Cathey Petkash of Frannet, the Franchise Connection, is proud to host the “Meet the Franchisor” event.

Meet the Franchisor is an event designed to provide opportunities for potential local entrepreneurs. Select franchisors looking to expand in the southeast Georgia area will be presenting their business models. After their presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the franchise representatives.  The chance to discuss legal, accounting and business plan questions with professionals will be available as well. Benetrends, a company specializing in franchise and small business financing, will be presenting on alternative funding for small businesses.

In addition Hackcock Askew and Co. Accountants and Advisors and Hunter Maclean Attorneys will be present to address question in their professional areas. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the University of Georgia and SCORE offices will be available for advising also. The event will take place at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Ga. Registration is free and can be completed on line here. For more information contact Cathey Petkash at

Speed mentoring conference welcomes small businesses

The Savannah Morning News and Comcast are proud to present a speed mentoring conference open to Savannah area small business owners on Thursday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference will be held at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium.

The conference provides an opportunity for small business owners to learn and gain experience from top executives with years of experience in the small business field.  The conference will consist of 25 minutes sessions with mentors covering a wide variety of topics and a presentation by the current President of Columbus State University Dr. Timothy Mescon.

The topics covered during the mentoring sessions include: Finding the Money, the Power of Social Media, Finding Your Niche, When to Outsource, HR Headaches, Cash Flow–Business Lifeblood, Pricing for Profit, Understanding Financial Reports, Preparing a Budget, and Which Product or Service to Keep and Creating Ads that Sell.

Participants will enjoy these sessions conducted by members of the Savannah chapter of SCORE and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. Top executives from area businesses will be available to help assist the process as well.  Mescon previously served as the dean at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He is the author of over 200 of articles and has co-authored four books including his latest being Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development. He also has co-authored an audiotape series entitled Management Excellence for Nightingale-Conant.

Having written much about retail banking, bank marketing and creativity in the financial services industry, Dr. Mescon is prepared to make a presentation during the lunch portion of the conference. Registration for the speed mentoring conference begins at 8 a.m. including coffee and refreshments. Registration cost is $19.95 per person and an extra $9.95 for any additional members of the same organization. The cost includes the mentoring sessions, lunch and Dr. Mescon’s presentation.

Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule a follow-up appointment. For more information or to register, call SCORE at (912)652-4335, email or visit