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Visit to Albany showcases SBDC-assisted business

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UGA President Jere W. Morehead toured Innovative Senior Solutions and met with sisters Jessica Wright (center) and Eshonda Blue and of Americus

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead traveled to Albany on Thursday where he toured Innovative Senior Solutions, a home health care provider for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

During the visit, the president met with sisters Eshonda Blue and Jessica Wright of Americus, both registered nurses, who launched the business in 2007.

First founded in Sumter County, the business has grown into a company that now employs more than 100 people. Services provided in the 19-county region include personal care, adult day care and two personal care homes.

As they began to expand they sought assistance from the UGA Small Business Development Center, a unit of the Office of Pubic Service and Outreach.

The SBDC office in Albany provided consulting services to the company to develop financial, marketing and operations strategies for growth. The owners also graduated from GrowSmart, an SBDC program that assists fast-growing small businesses.

Accompanied by UGA Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum, Morehead also got an overview of the SBDC’s and Cooperative Extension’s work in southwest Georgia. He attended the Albany Rotary Club, where he addressed the group.