Gainesville SBDC Office

The University of Georgia SBDC
The Featherbone Center
999 Chestnut Street
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: (770) 531-5681
Fax: (770) 531-5684
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The Georgia SBDC Network provides low cost training and free consulting services including assistance with business plan development, market analysis and marketing strategies, financial analysis, compliance and legal issues, and preparation of loan submissions for individuals who want to start their own businesses or expand an existing one.


Ron E. Simmons
B.B.A. in Management, The University of Georgia
M.B.A. in Marketing, Mercer University
Area Director in Gainesville

Prior to joining the SBDC in 1990, Mr. Simmons was in the Retail division of BP North America working in retail management and retail site development and store operations. He was a District Sales Manager for Stone Construction Equipment, Inc.; was a District Sales Manager for Kennametal, Inc.; and worked in industrial management. Mr. Simmons received the ASBDC Star Performer Award in 1999 and 2011, for excellence in consulting activity. He was recognized as the Georgia SBDC Consultant of the Year in 2011 and received the Flewellen Award for Consulting Excellence in 2011 and 2013. Mr. Simmons was one of the recipients for the Project of the Year Award for 2011 for his team contributions in the Google training and consulting initiative. His areas of interest include retail management and theft prevention; marketing and sales training; as well as human resource planning and management. Organizational behavior and strategic planning for growth in the digital arena are areas of particular interest to him.

Randy Donaldson
B.B.A. in Accounting, Georgia State University
M.B.A. in Accounting, Georgia State University
C.P.A. licensed in Georgia
Business Consultant in Gainesville

Mr. Donaldson joined the SBDC after a successful 34-year career in financial management with large multi-national corporations in Atlanta. He began his career at Oxford Industries, Inc. as a Staff Accountant and moved up through the ranks as Corporate Accounting Manager and Tax Manager. Most recently, Mr. Donaldson was the Tax Director and Treasurer for Lanier Worldwide, Inc., an international office equipment distributor and subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. (Japan). With his extensive corporate background, he has a particular interest in QuickBooks accounting software consulting as well as financial analysis and business management.



I had no small business experience before. I am a speech pathologist and my husband is a marine engineer. We took the SBDC’s GrowSmart program, then started going to the SBDC’s free business consultations, and it was awesome. It still is!

- Samantha Meier, owner

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