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Small Business Development Center

Thousands of Georgians have achieved the dream of owning a business and make a positive impact on the local economy. At Clayton State, we can help take you further to ensure your business stays solid.

The UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University provides economic development assistance for small businesses with no-cost consulting services and low cost educational programs.

Our experienced business consultants are available to help clients develop and update business plans, identify sources of capital, set up record keeping systems and analyze financial records, conduct specialized research, create marketing strategies, and conduct operational and financial diagnostic assessments, and more.

Our mission is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The UGA SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a Public Service and Outreach Unit of The University of Georgia.

We offer a number of courses to learn the basics of business and entrepreneurship. Check out a full list of the most recent offerings.

UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University Staff

Kimberly Knight, SBDC Area Director

Kimberly Knight, SBDC Area Director

Kim has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, economic development, and small business outreach. Her work as a marketing coordinator supported the Governor’s Small Business Center’s outreach efforts to include the Governor’s Mentor Protégé Program: the first of its kind, state-funded program in the country partnering large and small businesses for an 18-month engagement. At the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDECD), Kim worked in marketing, research, and business development. Small Business Outreach Program Manager was her final role at GDECD through which she assisted small businesses with navigating the vast resources of the state of Georgia via one-on-one consultations, speaking engagements, and partnering with various community organizations. She also worked with Invest Atlanta as the small business opportunity zones program manager. Her work with Invest Atlanta helped deploy more than $1.5 million into the small business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also worked with the opportunity zones team, assisting small businesses with information and opportunities in the City of Atlanta’s 26 Federal Opportunity Zones. Kim earned a B.A. in English from Auburn University and a M.S. in Management from Troy University. 

Cheryl Greenerl, SBDC Program Coordinator

Cheryl Greenerl, SBDC Program Coordinator

B.A., Urban Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Cheryl Greenerl has served as the Program Coordinator with UGA SBDC at Clayton State University since March 2015 and is the first point of contact with the public. She assists with client program development, marketing and delivery.  Cheryl grew up working in her family’s hair salon and barbershops as well as operated her own dressmaking business.  Prior to joining the SBDC, Cheryl worked as a Corporate Contract Specialist for a major telecommunications company where she was responsible for coordinating the execution and implementation of customer telecom services.  She also served as a Bank Operations officer and managed the corporate account statement processing department.

UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University Business Consultation

Our consultants can help you: For answers to your management questions, contact our business consultants for professional individualized consultation. Confidentiality is guaranteed. Our consultants have earned advanced degrees in business or management and have extensive practical experience.

For Existing Businesses

  • Business valuation (for discussion purposes only)
  • Access to market research resources
  • Business plan assistance
  • Income and cash flow projections
  • Loan proposal preparation
  • Accounting and financial management assistance
  • Cash flow analysis and ratio comparison
  • QuickBooks assistance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Research on local, state and federal regulatory requirements
  • Record keeping systems and data management assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Human resource planning
  • Succession planning
  • Business continuity planning
  • Social media marketing
  • Business health check-up

For Startups

  • Understanding Credit Requirements and lending expectations
  • Access to market research resources
  • Market feasibility analysis
  • Break-even and financial feasibility analysis
  • Income and cash flow projection assistance
  • Loan proposal preparation
  • Understanding business entity structuring
  • Research on local, state, and federal regulatory requirements
  • Record keeping systems and data management assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Human resource planning

For a complete list of  class dates, times and prices, please visit:  You may register online, call (678) 466-5100 or email us at

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Where to find us

The UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University is located in the College of Business building. Free parking is available in the University Center gated parking lot.

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Contact us

Visit by appointment only

Phone: (678) 466-5100