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Release Date: 03.17.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: UGA Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State

Starting a Business from Scratch Isn't the Only Path to Entrepreneurship

Full day program focuses on how to buy a business for a start-up or grow existing business

Starting a business from scratch isn’t the only path to entrepreneurship – a rapidly growing trend is entrepreneurship through acquisition. It’s also an alternative way to grow an existing business.

On Tuesday, April 25 at the KSU Center, The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University (UGA SBDC at KSU) is hosting the Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) program, featuring acquisition professionals and entrepreneurs who have successfully acquired a company. Designed for those who want to start a business or grow an existing one, this program will demonstrate that buying a business is an exciting path to entrepreneurship and it can be far less risky and easier to finance than starting one. 

Topics include:

  • the search process
  • assessing and valuing targets
  • dealing with sellers
  • financing the deal
  • due diligence
  • post-acquisition issues
  • franchising: an alternative path to ETA
  • what to expect the first 100 days

Speakers include:

  • Brian McBroom, CEO, SE Ellis Enterprises    
  • Valerie Cansler, CEO, PVR Research
  • Brian Macaluso, CEO, Dr. Roof
  • Skip Plesnarski, CEO, 18I8 Fine Men’s Salon
  • Leslie Kuban, FranNet of Georgia
  • David Adams, Adams Capital
  • David Chambless, President, Abraxas Business Services
  • Russell Currey, President,  Boxwood Capital
  • Danny Smyth, President, Lanier Air Products.
  • Joseph J. Gottlieb, Attorney, Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick
  • Jon Daly, EVP, Director of SBA Banking, Renasant Bank
  • Jack McGinnis, Brooks McGinnis CPAs
  • Michael Hoffman, Hoffman Estate

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: KSU Center, Room 400, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 
Who should attend: Anyone interested in buying a business or existing business owners looking to grow their business
Cost: $99 per attendee includes breakfast, networking lunch and all materials (Limited Seating Available). 


Register at:

This event is sponsored by Renasant Bank, Abraxas Business Services, FranNet, Brooks McGinnis CPAs, and Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick, LLC.

For more information, contact Carole Arnold at or 470.578.6450.   


Attendee flyer

Contact Info

Contact Name: Carole Arnold

Company: UGA SBDC at KSU

Phone: 4785706450