Dekalb SBDC Office

The University of Georgia SBDC
2296 Henderson Mill Road
Suite 404B
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (770) 414-3110
Fax: (770) 414-3109
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Manage Better...Grow Faster


35 hours of in-depth training and coaching for qualified, established businesses.

March 27, April 10, April 17, April 24, & May 1, 2015

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Small Business Development Center

Georgia Power


Sharon Macaluso
B.A. in French, University of NorthCarolina
M.B.A. in Marketing, Kennesaw State College
Area Director in Decatur

Prior to joining the SBDC in 1994, Ms. Macaluso held management, marketing and customer service roles with IBM and Eastern Airlines. She also worked in a family owned and operated business, a hosiery manufacturing plant. Her areas of expertise include marketing, market research, strategic planning, human resources, personal selling, customer service, and management. Sharon developed a strategic planning instrument specifically for growing small businesses and has utilized this tool in facilitating strategic planning retreats for small businesses throughout the state. Sharon has had various articles published on branding, strategic planning, customer service and women- owned business issues, and has developed guide books on market research and conducting focus group studies. She recently created and presented a program for the National Association of Small Business Development Centers on “Customer Service Excellence in a Techno-World”.

John Ernst
B.A. in Finance, Georgia State University
M.B.A., Georgia State University
Business Consultant in Decatur

John’s areas of expertise include financial analysis, advanced accounting functions and financial strategy development. He is also highly regarded for his knowledge of management structures, multiple unit management and strategic planning. John is well versed in family business management structures and succession planning. Before joining SBDC, John has spent his life as an entrepreneur in both the service and retail industry. For over 25+ years, he operated a multiple store dry cleaning chain which employed over 150 people. His knowledge on all aspects of business can be attributed to this experience. His focus was on providing outstanding customer service through the use of energetic management and employee motivation. As a partner, he also owned and operated a full service florist and tuxedo rental business for over 12 years.

Ted Beveridge
B.A. Economics, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.B.A. Finance & Accounting, Vanderbilt University

Mr. Beveridge spent six years as a successful small business owner prior to joining the Georgia SBDC Network. He has experience in every facet of small business operations and has developed specific expertise in the food and retail sectors. Mr. Beveridge also spent several years in corporate financial roles and is well-versed in quantitative functions like budgeting, financial planning, pricing, and cash-flow forecasting. Additionally, he spent four years conducting search-and-rescue operations in the United States Coast Guard.


"Janelle and I are both in our 20s and have had to learn a lot of lessons the hard way, which is expensive," he continues. "The SBDC can help you refine your vision and work to make it happen."

- Kyle and Janelle Wehner, owners

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