Jason Bitar

  • Posted by IT Support
  • On February 17, 2020
Jason Bitar has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner in the food service, business consulting and real estate industries. Prior to joining the UGA SBDC, Jason developed, built, managed and sold restaurants.   With his experience consulting and mentoring small business owners, Jason has developed deep knowledge and commitment to helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market. He understands their concerns, relates to their frustrations and admires their determination.   Jason's areas of expertise include concept development, brand design, product innovation and development, planning and marketing strategies, location selection, store design and construction, franchising, and executive mentoring. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.


  • BS (Industrial Management), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS (Marketing), Georgia State University
  • Residential/Commercial Licensed Realtor
  • Food Safety Manager Certification


  • SCORE Atlanta (Vice-Chair and Mentor)
  • Five independent restaurants (Owner)
  • Ideasdotcom LLC (Managing Partner)


  • Outstanding Volunteer Award - SCORE Atlanta
  • Volunteer Award - The GLOBE Academy
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Benny StaRomana

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Benny provides coaching and guidance to small- and medium-sized businesses in all stages of the business life cycle, from start-up to exit. His areas of specialization are strategic planning, business process improvement, and marketing and sales.   Prior to joining UGA SBDC in Gwinnett, Benny founded and operated a management consulting company that was awarded the grand prize of Gwinnett County’s 2011 Amazing Entrepreneur competition. He offers clients his management and professional experience from more than 20 years working with Global 100 companies as well as small, rising companies.    


  • MBA (Business Administration), Keller Graduate School of Management
  • MS (Project Management), Keller Graduate School of Management
  • BS (Business Administration), La Salle University


  • SantaRomana & Associates (Founder and Managing Principal)
  • Docufree Corporation (Consulting Executive)
  • Lucent Technologies (Marketing and Sales Trainer)
  • Cocochem, Inc. (Export Marketing Manager)


  • Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+), Comptia
  • Certified Marketing and Sales Trainer, Siebel Systems and Huthwaite
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Grand Prize Winner in the 2011 Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition
  • Consulting Executive of the Year, Docufree Corporation
  • Top National Salesperson (Color Imaging Systems), Panasonic USA
  • Outstanding Employee, Exxon/Petron Asia


  • Entrepreneur Council of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Founder of Georgia Masterminds
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Helen Sutherland

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 3, 2019
Helen Sutherland Helen has been with the UGA SBDC of Gwinnett for 20 years. Prior to joining the UGA SBDC, she worked in various roles ranging from inventory control and retail support to office administration.   Helen serves as the administrative assistant for the UGA SBDC in Gwinnett. She provides day-to-day staff support and takes great pride in having the office run smoothly. Helen is the first point of contact for clients and resource partners – she ensures that all inquiries are either satisfied or directed to the appropriate internal resource.   In addition to providing scheduling and administrative support – Helen also provides assistance with the recruitment for and execution of all UGA SBDC in Gwinnett seminars, continuing education classes and special events at the center.
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Glenn Kruse

  • Posted by Meredith Reeves
  • On July 2, 2019
Glenn Kruse brings over 30 years of management experience including executive management in large and start-up companies. Prior to joining UGA SBDC in Gwinnett, Glenn was an account executive with Bearcom Wireless, where he was responsible for developing a new customer base from prospects in the Atlanta market. His areas of specialization are business and market development, program management, strategic account planning and general management.   Glenn has worked in small businesses that focused on site leasing, Wi-Fi ‘HotSpots’, corporate network management and accounting software solutions. He has experience working in the healthcare, hospitality, telecommunications, utility markets and with internet-based services including SaaS.  


  • MBA, University of Kansas
  • BS (Engineering), Iowa State University


  • Bearcom Wireless (Account Executive)
  • Powerplan (Regional Sales Executive)
  • Alcatel-Lucent/Reachview (Customer Engagement Manager)
  •  Rocketlauncher, Inc. (Management Consultant)


  • Sprint President's Club
  • Licensed Professional Engineer- Kansas and New Jersey
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