Centers of Innovation: Growing Georgia Businesses

We wanted to share an article inGeorgia Trend that features the Georgia Centers of Innovation. The Centers of Innovation are a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and they provide the expertise and connections to help Georgia companies and strategic industries solve problems, grow quickly and compete globally.
Georgia is a state rich with resources to help businesses start, develop and succeed. The Georgia Centers of Innovation (COI) are one of the primary resources. Six COIs focus on six key industries: aerospace,agribusinessenergylife sciences & ITlogistics and manufacturing. The COIs help all businesses, from entrepreneurs starting their business to large corporations.
The Georgia COIs act as a guide for businesses, connecting businesses to key networks, helping them access resources like universities and research, promoting industry and providing expert advice. One COI success story is Lauri Jo Bennett, owner and founder of Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning.

“When I first met Donnie Smith, the director for the Center of Innovation (COI) for Agribusiness, I didn’t have a business plan. I didn’t have a clue what a business plan was.”

Lauri Jo Bennett
Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning

Since she began her business, the COI has provided her with business plan preparation, international business opportunities, revenue generation strategies, food analysis for nutrition labels, food label design and marketing resources.
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