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Building Strong Businesses Together

Committed to serving and strengthening Savannah businesses, the Business Retention Action Team (BRAT) is a partnership made up of 11 organizations that provide the necessary services, information, solutions, and contacts to facilitate success and growth.

Additionally BRAT encourages business partnerships with local schools, which in turn strengthens the community through career education and job placement of area school graduates.

SAVANNAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Local incentives
Local connection with government & other organizations
HR resources and networking
Workforce development coordination
Demographic and market research

SAVANNAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Community business issues/workforce development
Manufacturing, Distribution, Military Liaison

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Recruitment assistance for new, expanding & existing companies
List job openings, screen and refer qualified applicants
Wage & labor market information
Employer Committee, networking opportunities & seminars

GEORGIA TECH ENTERPRISE INNOVATION INSTITUTE
Georgia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership – gamep.org
Workforce Development
Continuous Improvement / Lean Manufacturing
Growth and Innovation
Sustainability – Energy Management
Product Development
Quality Management Systems / ISO – Occupational Safety & Health
Technology Acceleration
Professional continuing education

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA SBDC
Free one-on-one confidential consulting for small and mid-sized businesses
Low-cost training and continuing education programs
Business plan development and strategic planning
Identify sources of capital
Creation and execution of marketing strategies

CITY OF SAVANNAH
Business education
One-on-one technical assistance
Business financing
Incentives
Minority and women-owned certification
Navigating business permitting and licensing

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Georgia incentives for new & existing companies
Competitive market data research & supplier match program
Access to capital and state grants
International business connections & export assistance
Connections to Georgia Centers of Innovation

CENTER OF INNOVATION FOR LOGISTICS
Providing technical industry expertise to resolve freight-related challenges
Providing logistics industry data helping companies understand emerging trends and opportunities
Comparative pricing analysis of transportation options including: rail, air, road, sea and intermodal
Assistance with specialized logistics needs such as cold chain, Haz-Mat and technology
Assistance with RFPs for logistics services/products and distribution to applicable solution providers

WORKSOURCE COASTAL
Offering tailored approach to address workforce needs
Wide range of human resource services such as job description development, wage research, recruitment, pre-hire assessments and qualified job fairs
Provide a number of training options to help you develop a strong, skilled and educated workforce
Training that focuses on unique technical labor needs including: On-the-Job Training (OJT), Incumbent Worker Training (IWT), Work Experience (WeX), Customized Training, Layoff Aversion and Registered Apprenticeship

GEORGIA QUICK START
Training for:
New Operations
Existing Operations with qualified job growth
Existing Operations with new technologies

Comprehensive Skill Development:
Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Corporate Headquarters & Customer Service Centers
Warehouse & Distribution Centers

SAVANNAH TECHNICAL COLLEGE
College credit programs
Customized training programs
Retraining tax credits
HOPE Grant financial aid
Professional continuing education

GEORGIA POWER COMPANY
Energy Audits
Technology applications center
Research data

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