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Entrepreneur Class Graduates
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

March 18--  Small businesses continue to be the backbone of the U.S. economy, even in tough times.

Tuesday nineteen employees of 15 area small businesses made up the fifth class to graduate from the entrepreneur course run by the Economic Development Center at Southeastern Technical College.

Graduates like Mattie Collins of Metter studied how to market her cleaning company and compete successfully.  "I've learned I need to find out who my competition is and then go after the market.  I've learned you have to know where the fish are and then go catch them," she said.

David Pylant of Lyons says he has a new appreciation for marketing his applicance company. "You know we always thought marketing was marketing, but it's not.  It's the overall continuous thing you do and every employee you've got and every job you go to is all part of marketing your company," he's learned.


Graduates of the class include Elaine Gillis of the Toombs County Boys and Girls Club, Melissa Moore of the Mount Vernon Bank, Nancy Stanley of Meadows Regional Medical Center, Carolyn Robinson and Ann Todd of Tom Peterson Realty, Sherry Wilson and Jimmie Carter of Savannah Luggage, Mattie Collins of Clean by Lucy, Inc., Becky Gillis and Karen McCoy of Mclain, Calhoun, McCullough, Clark and Company, PC, Bobbie Davis of Darby Dental Services, Andy Kimbell of Truax Veneer, Susan Kight of Brown-Eyed Susan's, Linda Steedley and Ophelia Gaines of Concerted Services, David Pylant of Georgia Appliance Service, Debbie Jordan of Wagon Hammock Nursery and Bethann Patrick of East Georgia Healthcare.

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