Dan Hudgins

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 12, 2020
Dan Hudgins joined the UGA SBDC in 2020 and brings over 25 years of experience working in the textile and healthcare industries. These experiences included working in a family-owned carpet manufacturer, a Fortune 500 healthcare company where he helped open a new hospital and served as CFO at four different locations, and a healthcare startup where he served as VP of Finance. He learned how to work with small teams and manage cash, in addition to revenue cycle improvement and financial reporting and forecasting.        


  • BBA (Accounting), University of Georgia


  • Carpet Crafts, Inc (Controller)
  • St. Catherine Healthcare (Sr VP of Finance)
  • Kindred Healthcare (CFO)
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Patricia Devlin

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On October 6, 2020

Patricia Devlin joined the UGA SBDC in Rome in 2020, bringing with her almost 30 years of financial service experience. Before joining the SBDC, Patricia worked in the Dalton Community banking industry. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of commercial and consumer lending, packaging loans and business development. A native of Dalton, Patricia is excited to be a part of the UGA SBDC and continue helping clients in their small business endeavors.



  • BS (Organizational Management, Magna Cum Laude), Belhaven University
  • Various Certificates from Georgia Bankers Association
  • Certificate of Private Investigations, Dalton College of Continuing Education
  • Certificate of Paralegal Studies, Dalton College of Continuing Education


  • First Bank of Dalton (Assistant Vice President, Consumer and Commercial Lender, Branch Manager)
  • First Security Group (Vice President-Commercial Lender)


  • 2018 Business Person of the Year - Morris Innovative High School
  • Advisory Board Member - Dalton High School, Morris Innovative, Southeast High School
  • Advisory Board Chair - Whitfield County 4-H
  • Volunteers teaching Financial Literacy at Southeast Whitfield High School, Cohulla Creek High School, Morris Innovative School, Dalton High School and Dug Gap Elementary School
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Nora Guzman

  • Posted by Breeanna McBee
  • On July 3, 2019
Nora Guzman serves as a business consultant for the UGA SBDC in Rome. She has a diverse background with extensive experience in management, human resources, manufacturing, quality assurance and accounting/tax planning. Prior to joining the UGA SBDC, Nora worked for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, an international software education company, and her own consulting firm.    Nora was born in Michoacán, Mexico and moved to North Georgia at age 12. She attended high school in Rome and received her undergraduate and MBA from Shorter University. In 2010, she founded a non-profit entity, Casa Michoacán, with the mission of enhancing the wellbeing of the community through enhancements in infrastructure. Nora is fluent in both English and Spanish. 


  • MBA (Management), Shorter University
  • BS (Business Administration), Shorter University


  • QuickBooks Pro Advisor 
  • Bookkeeping, American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers  
  • University of Georgia Immigration Law Certificate


  • UGA SBDC (Business Consultant) 
  • NG Consulting, LLC (Owner CEO) 
  • Shaw Industries (Training Manager ) 
  • Wolters Kluwer (Tax and Accounting) 


  • Developed first Spanish language AIPB bookkeeping certification course for Wolters Kluwer. 
  • Concept development, launch, and funding of a non-profit which funded infrastructure projects in Michoacán, Mexico. 
  • "20 Under 40" in Rome Life Magazine (2016) 
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