Stephen Newton

Stephen Newton, UGA SBDC in DeKalb

Growing up on a farm in rural south Georgia, I learned early in life the importance of responsibility and hard work. The entrepreneurial spirit is instilled early in those experiences. In High School I learned the hard lessons and risks associated with agricultural business and the importance of managing cash flow through the seasons of preparing, planting, managing, and harvest. In college I pursued degrees in economics and finance and after graduation applied my education in both public policy and private enterprise. As an ACE Hardware store owner for nearly a decade during one of the toughest economic cycles in our lifetime I learned first hand the many challenges start up businesses contend with. After closing that business in January 2016 I was offered the opportunity to work with the UGA SBDC in Dekalb and hope to use both my education and experience as a business owner to help other entrepreneurs achieve their goals.


  • MBA Finance – DePaul University
  • MS(ABT) Ag. Econ – UGA
  • BS Ag. Econ – UGA


  • UGA SBDC Business Consultant from August 2016 to present
  • Owner/Manager Ace Hardware Windermere July 2009 to January 2016
  • Partner Ogeechee Peaches, Millen, GA. 2003-2010.
  • Executive Director, Southern Nursery Association, Atlanta, GA November 2006 to July 2009
  • FSA State Director, Athens, GA and Special Assistant to the USDA Secretary, November 2002-November 2006
  • Executive Director, Forest Landowners Association, Atlanta, GA November 1994 – November 2002
  • Legislative Assistant, US Senator Paul Coverdell, Washington, DC November 1992- November 1994


  • President of the University of Georgia Student Senate
  • President of UGA Ag Hill Council
  • President, AGHON, Honor Society,
  • State President Future Farmers of America
  • Member Gridiron Secret Society,
  • Named Outstanding AG Alumni University of Georgia 2004