CONGRATULATIONS

The 2020 and 2021 State Stars, who were chosen by their SBDC networks, are among the best of the best -- those who demonstrate exemplary performance, make significant contributions to their networks, and are deeply committed to the success of America's small businesses.

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Katherine Zobre

Alabama

Katherine Zobre

Alabama SBDC Network
2020

Over the last two years (2019-2020), Katherine Zobre has significantly contributed to the goals and mission of the Alabama SBDC, working with over 1,200 clients, exceeding all expectations, and continually innovating the products, services, and processes that allow the SBDC to grow Alabama’s economy. 

Andrea Rogers Mosley

alabama

Andrea Rogers Mosley

Alabama SBDC Network
2021

In the midst of a global pandemic, Andrea Mosley on-boarded an entirely new staff, designed and deployed a series of robust programs for the CARES Act, continued to provide one-on-one assistance of the highest quality, and greatly contributed to the development and deployment of the Alabama SBDC’s strategic plan.

Julie Nolen

Alaska

Julie Nolen

Alaska Small Business Development Center
2021

Julie has risen to meet the needs of the AKSBDC during COVID. She has done a great job getting us through this past year, from providing leadership to ensuring that the staff’s physical and mental health was taken care of. She is an amazing mentor and leader. 

Kevin Peck

Arizona

Kevin Peck

America's SBDC Arizona
2020

Kevin has led his rural Center to become a true resource and partner in his region through community engagement, outreach and a commitment to help clients realize the American Dream through successful small business ownership. Kevin is an exceptional team member and partner to agencies and stakeholders statewide. 

Gina Couillard

Arizona

Gina Couillard

America's SBDC Arizona
2021

Gina turned a struggling Center into an impressive turnaround story through leadership, community engagement and a commitment to help businesses survive a game-changing pandemic. She built a strong team which reached deep to help small businesses in crisis and create economic impact in an area hit hard by tourism losses. 

Nicolas Mayerhoeffer

Arkansas

Nicolas Mayerhoeffer

Arkansas Small Business And Technology Development Center
2020

Nicolas joined the ASBTDC in 2017 and has assisted clients in starting more than 40 businesses and accessing more than $26.2 million in capital. He created a Marketing Map tool to assist businesses in developing marketing strategies that connect them with their customers.

Wendy Orvis

Arkansas

Wendy Orvis

Arkansas Small Business And Technology Development Center
2021

Wendy skillfully guides new clients to the resources they need. in 2020, she stepped up to manage the increased demand for services created by COVID. She specializes in assisting first-time business owners. In the past 12 months, 12 of her clients started businesses.

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Magali Laureano-Perez

Central CA SBDC
2021

During the past 15 months, the Pandemic ravaged our small business clients. Magali worked tirelessly to make sure every client received optimal SBDC services. She kept the Lead Center operating at a high level, using the latest technology to support staff and clients. She is the perfect example of a State Star! 

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Anthony Curtis Elliott

California

Anthony Curtis Elliott

Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network
2020

In the year 2020 and through June of this year, Tony has provided services to over 295 clients, generating over $91 million in access to capital. This performance is just the tip of the iceberg in the effectiveness of Tony’s work with clients. 

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Lori Williams

CaLifornia

Lori Williams

Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network
2021

Lori’s vast experience in understanding finance and accounting, and how to analyze the TRUE status of a client’s financial health, allowed her to work so productively with clients on the edge due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

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Ronn Van Dusen

CaLifornia

Ronn Van Dusen

Northern California SBDC Network
2021

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Ronn’s service to SBDC and it’s mission, and to the business community, were inspirational. In an 18-month period, Ronn assisted 246 clients to access $19.7 million in capital, start 32 businesses, create 85 jobs and retain 690 jobs.

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Craig Russom

CaLifornia

Craig Russom

Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
2021

Craig Russom went above and beyond the call of duty as an SBDC consultant and was an invaluable resource and expert. He took initiative by learning about all the regulations, grants, and loans that were available during COVID-19. Craig was the lifeline to many businesses this past year.

Amy Chapman

CaLifornia

Amy Chapman

San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network
2021

Amy is the heart of the North San Diego SBDC as the Office Administrator. She also is the go-to person for anything any other center staff needs. During the Covid pandemic, Amy held the hands of the advisors and leadership of her center to serve thousands of small businesses. 

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Lisa Hudson

Colorado

Lisa Hudson

Colorado Small Business Development Center
2021

Lisa consistently goes above and beyond for the business owners in the East Colorado region covering 13 counties, and is highly respected within both the region and the Colorado SBDC Network.

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Matthew Pugliese

Connecticut

Matthew Pugliese

Connecticut Small Business Development Center
2021

Since joining CTSBDC in late 2019 Matt has been an effective leader, rising to new challenges and mastering them quickly. Whether organizing and facilitating dozens of webinars, assisting advisors on complex issues, or providing a sounding board for pandemic stress and frustration, Matt’s kind, encouraging and approachable manner is appreciated.

Louis DiNetta

Delaware

Louis DiNetta

Delaware Small Business Development Center
2021

Louis “Lou” DiNetta is highly regarded throughout Delaware as a key resource within the technology business ecosystem. Lou uses his unmatched technical expertise and business acumen to help innovators fund vital research and commercialize new technologies. His efforts helped DE-SBDC earn a national SBA Tibbetts Award for excellence in innovation. 

Stacey R. Palmer

District of columbia

Stacey R. Palmer

District of Columbia SBDC Network
2020

Stacey has updated our website on a daily basis, providing the most updated information on the pandemic, loans, and grants. Stacey has taken on many clients that needed to know how to pivot to marketing on social media and has taught them how to build their content and attract new clients. 

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Charles H. Motte

District of columbia

Charles H. Motte

District of Columbia SBDC Network
2021

During the pandemic Charles kept the DCSBDC organized and updated on all of the new information flowing from the CDC, OSHA, Howard University and The District of Columbia government. We were able to provide our clients with real-time information on opening, closing, socially distancing, PPP and EIDL guidelines. 

Florida

Marge Cirillo

Florida SBDC Network
2020

Marge is a valued and well liked member of the FSBDC at UNF team. She had the region’s highest number of impact sessions in 2020. She consistently exceeds goals set for her, and her customer satisfaction rating with her small business clients is among the highest in the network. 

Roberto Castellon

Florida

Roberto Castellón

Florida SBDC Network
2021

Roberto is a exemplary Florida SBDC Network business consultant who far exceeds all goals set for him and has an incredible impact on the small business community he serves. Roberto is a true professional and represents the SBDC in the best way possible at every opportunity. 

Peter Williams

Georgia

Peter Williams

University of Georgia SBDC
2020

Peter was selected by his peers as the UGA SBDC 2019 Consultant of the Year. 

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Michael Myers

Georgia

Michael Myers

University of Georgia SBDC
2021

Michael was selected by his peers as the 2020 UGA SBDC Consultant of the Year. 

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Dennis Wong

Hawai'i

Dennis Wong

Hawai'i SBDC Network
2021

Dennis has made significant contributions to our success since the moment he joined the Hawai’i SBDC team. He has achieved impressive client results by drawing on his deep experience in working with local businesses. His professionalism and contributions to the Hawaii SBDC make an outstanding example for all of us. 

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Ruth Schwartz

Idaho

Ruth Schwartz

Idaho SBDC
2020

Ruth took initiative to become the network’s COVID-19 program-related-subject-matter expert after only being with the network for a few months. Her dedication to serving others and the incredible value she brought to the team in a short amount of time is well deserving of the Idaho SBDC’s 2020 State Star award. 

Andrew Fogaty

Illinois

Andrew Fogaty

Illinois SBDC Network
2020

Andrew Fogaty is a long-time member of the Illinois SBDC Network, serving as a center director in Chicago. Andrew is extremely dedicated and passionate about serving his clients, particularly serving clients with disabilities. Andrew is very engaged and supportive of other SBDCs and responsive to the Illinois SBDC State Office. 

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Kevin Kim

Illinois SBDC Network
2021

Kevin Kim is a tremendous asset to the Illinois SBDC ITC. He’s extremely engaged with his clients, achieving great success in helping clients expand their international sales. He’s very involved in the Illinois SBDC Network on strategic planning groups and serving as ITC liaison to EXIM REPP and SBA OIT. 

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Billie Wunderlich

indiana

Billie Wunderlich

Indiana Small Business Development Center
2020

Billie Wunderlich stepped outside her comfort zone and took on the additional responsibility of business advising in 2019. She flourishes in the role and goes above and beyond to meet the needs of her clients. 

Tracie Davis

indiana

Tracie Davis

Indiana Small Business Development Center
2021

Tracie Davis is a lifelong student and is always in search of opportunities to grow professionally to better meet the needs of her clients. She never hesitates to step outside of her comfort zone and is viewed as a mentor to advisors throughout the Indiana SBDC network. 

Kimberly Tiefenthaler

Iowa

Kimberly Tiefenthaler

America's SBDC Iowa
2020

Kimberly is an all around asset to our network. She cares deeply about small businesses and also owns one with her husband. Kimberly has helped create synergies throughout the network to not only help our organization function better but she has a true passion for entrepreneurship and small businesses. 

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Brook Boehmler

iowa

Brook Boehmler

America's SBDC Iowa
2021

Brook Boehmler is a true advocate for small business across our state. His contributions to the SBDC and our small businesses have been significant, including developing strong relationships with key stakeholders, increasing marketing for his center, and working tirelessly to help others. We are honored to have Brook here. 

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kansas

Randy Robinson

Kansas Small Business Development Center
2021

Using CORE and CARES Act funds, Randy was instrumental in envisioning, establishing and managing statewide marketing and call centers and a rural kiosk system. These allowed us to more efficiently reach out to current clients and serve the needs of small businesses struggling during the pandemic. 

Kevin Norvell

kentucky

Kevin Norvell

Kentucky SBDC
2021

The entire Kentucky SBDC Network has recognized Kevin as being a tremendous asset. Being the “Coach of the Coaches” he has been instrumental in onboarding and guiding our new hires, as well as assisting in identifying technology tools that have allowed the Kentucky SBDC to excel exponentially. 

Karen Romero

louisiana

Karen Romero

Louisiana SBDC
2020

Since starting with the LSBDC in April 2019, Karen Romero has coordinated 101 training events with over 3,000 attendees. In the third quarter of federal fiscal year 2019-2020, training attendees represented over ½ of the state’s overall goal of 5,001 attendees. 

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Sonia Wilson

louisiana

Sonia Wilson

Louisiana SBDC
2021

Mrs. Wilson has a passion and drive to assist small businesses with starting, expanding and exceeding their endeavors, while making a significant impact on communities at large. Mrs. Wilson has a passion for increasing cultural diversity and awareness among business owners, while providing educational opportunities to assist with their growth. 

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Shannon Byers

maine

Shannon Byers

Maine SBDC
2020

Shannon’s clients praise her for her skilled and easy to talk to demeanor, helping them feel focused and confident. Her colleagues praise her leadership, dedication, grace and composure. Since 2017, she has spent 2,500 hours helping clients to start 26 businesses, create/save 93 jobs, and generate $6 million in capital. 

Maine

Alison Lane

Maine SBDC
2021

Alison’s clients praise her for her knowledgeable, positive, and supportive demeanor. Her colleagues praise her as a problem solver, team player, and hardworking leader. Since 2019, she has spent 1,900 hours helping clients to start 31 businesses, create/ save 90 jobs, and generate almost $9.5 million in capital. 

Mark Malec

maryland

Mark Malec

Maryland SBDC
2021

Mark Malec never says he cannot do something. He is widely respected in the network and has over 37 years of service to small businesses and the western Maryland region. He is a consultant to the consultants and is retiring this year, so this is an honor from Maryland. 

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Dan Lilly

Massachusetts

Dan Lilly

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
2021

During the past five years as an SBIR advisor, Dan has built a robust and respected program for innovators. This year he has assisted clients in securing over $30.5 million in funding. He consistently exceeds goals, increases partnerships across the state and is recognized as a valued resource by his clients. 

michigan

Ron Stevens

Michigan SBDC
2020

Ron Stevens, Associate Regional Director, has long and invaluable experience across industries. He willingly shares his expertise and perspectives with clients, colleagues and partners. Ron serves on multiple statewide committees and task forces where he is always engaging and innovative. He steps into leadership roles whenever and wherever needed. 

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Janis Mueller

Michigan SBDC
2021

Janis Mueller, Regional Director, is a strategic leader, always looking for best ways to help clients. She has built a high performing team. Partners describe her as an instrumental leader amongst the small business ecosystem and an integral part of the revitalization and growth of the local communities. 

Pat Campanaro

Minnesota

Pat Campanaro

Minnesota SBDC
2020

Pat serves a small, entirely tourist-driven community of 1,300 in far northeastern Minnesota. Her effort throughout the pandemic went far beyond her job description. Pat recognized the importance of ensuring every business – not just her clients – was aware of and utilized the opportunities available through the federal and state governments.

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Deb McGregor

Minnesota

Deb McGregor

Minnesota SBDC
2021

Deb always goes above and beyond for our clients. She brings incredible energy and passion to her role as a Marketing Consultant. Her bright ideas and encouraging words were never more important than during the pandemic. She inspires all of us with her integrity, authenticity, and commitment to serve. 

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mississippi

Charles Templeton

Mississippi Small Business Development Center
2021

Establishing strong community engagement for our program, Charles Templeton leads the new Mississippi SBDC Center for Cybersecurity and the collaborative efforts of this center with other SBDC’s and America’s SBDC. Chip championed the Family Business Education Initiative along with his center directorship and business counseling responsibilities, all with exemplary service! 

Mike Adams

Missouri

Mike Adams

Missouri SBDC
2020

Mike Adams is passionate about his role. He has a gift for creating maps of collected impact that tell the Missouri SBDC story. His willingness to assist counselors has been felt and has helped them to better understand data. He is always willing to help others and think outside the box. 

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Missouri

Sally Williams

Missouri SBDC
2021

Sally Williams has a wealth of experience and Knowledge that she shares freely. She brings a deep commitment to supporting clients and has a passion for helping others. She has truly stood out during the last year and has a capacity to understand the “human element” in business. 

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montana

Shandy Hanks Moran

Montana SBDC
2020

The Montana SBDC Network voted for Shandy as our State Star for her exemplary work within her region and beyond. Shandy works in a large region of Montana, delivering high quality work to all corners of her widespread service area. 

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Lori Gilliland

Montana SBDC
2021

Lori was voted the 2021 State Star by the entire core Montana SBDC Network, for her selfless service to the Montana SBDC Network throughout 2020. 

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Charlie McPherson

nebraska

Charlie McPherson

Nebraska SBDC
2021

Charlie McPherson is an exemplary Center Director, working collaboratively with his colleagues at the Nebraska SBDC and within his network in the Mid-Plains region. Throughout the pandemic, he has  seamlessly transitioned his clients to working with him virtually, continuing to provide vital and needed services to business owners in Nebraska. 

Anabel Navarro

Nevada

Anabel Navarro

Nevada SBDC
2020

Anabel has continually expanded her business advising and training skills. She has developed and taught training programs in English and Spanish, and promoted Nevada SBDC services via radio interviews and social media. In FY 2020, Anabel served over 270 clients and helped obtain $30.9 million in new funding for her clients.

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Nevada

Caroline McIntosh

Nevada SBDC
2021

During the pandemic, Caroline assisted numerous small businesses with disaster loan funding and with shifting their business models. Caroline had $1.8 million in capital formation (300% of her goal) in rural White Pine County, population 9,580. She also helped open a record number of new businesses. 

new hampshire

Heidi Edwards Dunn

New Hampshire SBDC
2020

Heidi was not only instrumental in revamping NH SBDC’s website, social media presence, newsletters, eLearning, and webinar series, but she stepped up into more of a leadership role working closely with the SD and ASD. She rose to the occasion with expertise, enthusiasm, and commitment to the team’s success. 

New Hampshire

Chuck Gilboy

New Hampshire SBDC
2021

Chuck came to the SBDC during a busy and complicated time – early on during the pandemic. He dove into creating and presenting hundreds of COVID-related webinars, becoming the public face of the NH SBDC. He quickly earned the trust and respect of his team for his work. 

new jersey

Maria E. Torres

America's SBDC New Jersey (NJSBDC)
2020

Maria E. Torres is the backbone of our entire network. Maria has been with the NJSBDC state office for almost 30 years, working her way up from receptionist to the statewide fiscal administrator. She is diligent, efficient, hard-working, and has the respect of all who work with her. 

new jersey

Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes

America's SBDC New Jersey (NJSBDC)
2021

Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, Ph.D., is the perfect example of what a State Star should be. Always the advocate, she is consistently recognized in NJ and throughout the country for her talents, innovation, and community support, which kicked into high gear with the pandemic. The NJSBDC is lucky to have Dr. Mejias-Fuertes. 

new mexico

Vicki Watson

New Mexico Small Business Development Network
2021

Ms. Vicki passed away at the end of March 2021. She was a Director that exhibited exemplary performance, not to mention she made a significant contribution to her community and showed a strong commitment to her clients. 

Tom Reynolds

New York

Tom Reynolds

NYSBDC
2020

Tom has consistently been a top performer for the SBDC as a business advisor since he rejoined the program in 2014. He had $20 million in impact in 2019. He is always willing to work with colleagues to assist as needed. His contacts in the community are extensive and strong. 

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New york

Liam McMahon

NYSBDC
2021

Liam, who has led our Technology Assistance program for a few years, had the most economic impact of any advisor in the state during 2020. He routinely works collaboratively with advisors in his center and other centers to help clients succeed. He demonstrates his commitment to small business every day. 

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Robin McIntire

north carolina

Robin McIntire

North Carolina SBTDC
2021

Robin serves in many leadership roles with the SBTDC. She is the current Regional Center Director at UNC Charlotte. In addition, she serves as the new Western District Director and Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee. Robin is a great team member and leader for the NC SBTDC. 

North Dakota

Keith R. Olson

North Dakota Small Business Development Centers
2021

Keith’s success over the last 19 years with our network is built on strong relationships, quality work, and a constant drive to be better than the day before – through professional development and through sharing his expertise with our staff. He is consistently a top performer in our state. 

Rob Alexander

ohio

Rob Alexander

Ohio SBDC
2020

• Co-founder of Springfield Hustles (business planning/pitch competition with $25,000 grand prize)
• Co-founder of Champion City Entrepreneurs (monthly business meetings)
• Chair, Entrepreneurship Committee of Clark County Local Foods Council
• Through county’s DJFS:
Taught leadership skills to 14-24-year-olds and developed two new 12-week programs
• Conducted COVID update seminars, including YouTube videos 

Ohio

David Riggs

Ohio SBDC
2021

• Negotiated transfer of host responsibilities to Miami University Regionals
• Successful absorption of Clermont County SBDC
• Key to formation of the SW Ohio SBDC marketing collaborative
• Opened new satellite offices in Oxford, Liberty Township and Clinton County
• Upgraded Middletown branch office in size and visibility 

Jessica Ervin

Oklahoma

Jessica Ervin

Oklahoma SBDC Network
2020

Jessica Ervin played a vital role in developing the Oklahoma SBDC Tech Launch Center. She works with tech clients to assist them in applying for SBIR and other innovation grants. Jessica attended Tech Warrior OPS in Ohio in 2019 and is responsible for bringing the OPS event to Oklahoma. 

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Cindy Ruminer

Oklahoma SBDC Network
2021

Cindy Ruminer was responsible for converting the Oklahoma SBDC training program to an online delivery format virtually overnight when COVID-19 closed all office locations. Cindy worked with SBA, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and SBDC Advisors to facilitate events providing rapidly changing information to clients as quickly as it became available. 

Joanne Scharer

oregon

Joanne Scharer

Oregon SBDC Network
2021

Joanne works as a project manager for the Oregon SBDC Network in addition to working at the Chemeketa SBDC as an adviser. Recently, Joanne helped the Network through a successful virtual accreditation review, the first in America’s SBDC history, in addition to supporting statewide communication virtually through the Connect site portal. 

Pacific islands

Timothy Mamangon

Pacific Islands SBDC Network
2021

In his first year as a center director, Tim achieved his milestone goals for both core and CARES Act funding. Tim secured additional funding through an EDA grant for $1M over three years. He established key partnerships in finance, non profits, and government, to expand SBDC counseling and training. 

Pennsylvania

Marcia McGavisk

Pennsylvania SBDC
2020

Marcia McGavisk co-hosted webinars on the SBA EIDL and PPP application process. She also assisted clients in the network of 16 centers across Pennsylvania to  manage their information,  successfully apply for and track expenses for SBA loan programs, and receive loan forgiveness. 

Elizabeth Hay

pennsylvania

Elizabeth Hay

Pennsylvania SBDC
2021

Elizabeth Hay has been an outstanding member of the Penn State University SBDC as a business consultant with the network since December of 2019. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has provided valuable services to meet the needs of small business owners. 

Puerto Rico

Sheila Rivera

Puerto Rico SBTDC
2020

Ms. Sheila Rivera is a high performance counselor. She has helped established businesses preparing financing proposals and marketing and business plans, among other services. She is committed to her clients, attending to their needs and exceeding their expectations. She has experience in several industries and is a loyal and dedicated employee. 

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Madelin Colon

Puerto rico

Madelin Colón

Puerto Rico SBTDC
2021

Ms. Madelin Colón is a high performer business consultant, exceeding her milestones and client expectations. She was recently promoted as Barranquitas SBTDC Service Center Director. Madelin really lives our values, overcomes challenges, is strongly motivated, and brings energy and passion to her clients and focus on creative business solutions. 

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Alaina Capasso

rhode island

Alaina Capasso

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
2020

In March 2020, Alaina developed, organized and facilitated a wildly popular weekly series (which continues today) of marketing webinars that helped panicked clients pivot quickly to remote sales and promotion. A newer employee, Alaina’s enthusiasm, positive approach and can-do attitude are a breath of fresh air — she is fantastic! 

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Susan Davis

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
2021

Sue was promoted from office administrator to business counselor working with start-ups in December 2020. During the lengthy transition, she continued to successfully juggle her many administrative responsibilities with her new business advising work. Sue is a true “multitasker,” and does her job(s) with a smile — thanks, Sue! 

Ben Calhoun

South carolina

Ben Calhoun

South Carolina SBDC
2020

Ben stepped into a highly rural, six-county area and transformed the services and reputation of the SCSBDC. He created multi-county partnerships with government and educational and economic development leaders that have led to highly acclaimed and innovative programs benefitting businesses and students. His can-do attitude and enthusiasm are unparalleled. 

South carolina

Martin Goodman

South Carolina SBDC
2021

Martin has served the SCSBDC in consulting/management roles since 1992. He is consistently a top performer, winning many network and local awards. He has strong partnerships with lenders, university and community leaders, and he is always sought out for his expertise. His leadership and contributions to the network are vital to SCSBDC’s success. 

Belinda Engelhart

South dakota

Belinda Engelhart

South Dakota SBDC
2021

Belinda is consistently a top performer in the South Dakota SBDC network. She led the team in Business Starts for 2020 and single-handedly exceeded our network’s Capital goal for the year. Belinda was also a very solid contributor to client consulting hours and Jobs Supported. Impressive work! 

Laura Overstreet

Tennessee

Laura Overstreet

Tennessee SBDC
2021

Laura and her center have done an outstanding job accomplishing their metrics while generating over $29M in capital formation. She is one of the few with the Certified Export Specialist designation. 

Amy Freeman

Texas

Amy Freeman

North Texas SBDC
2021

A true advocate for small business interests who promotes small business initiatives in support of the needs of her clients. She has consistently demonstrated her dedication to small businesses throughout the pandemic, resulting in businesses saved. Her stellar performance through bold and creative efforts makes her an exceptional advisor! 

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Huey M. Lee

Texas

Huey M Lee

Northwest Texas SBDC Network
2021

Huey M Lee has been with the SBDC over 25 years, and through her demonstrated dedication and leadership talents she earned the position of Director of Special Projects. Her desire for learning and acceptance of new responsibilities without question makes her an excellent choice for this well-deserved recognition. 

texas

Lisha García

South-West Texas Border SBDC Network
2020

Lisha is the 2020 winner of a network-wide, point-based competition based on client-attributed impact and dedication to the SBDC. Her certifications include CGBP, ProfitMastery instructor, and Franfit Advisor. She is known for serving women, rural and underserved clients with passion and dedication. She provides advising and training in Spanish and English. 

Mark Martinez

Texas

Mark Martinez

South-West Texas Border SBDC Network
2021

Mark is the 2021 winner of a network-wide, point-based competition based on client-attributed impact and dedication to the SBDC. He holds an MS in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and is certified as a Quickbooks ProAdvisor, Lean Six SigmaGreenBelt, and is studying for SHRM-CP. He is also an entrepreneur and an adjunct professor.

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Charles Capers

University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network
2020

Charles is a valuable asset to the SBDC who has demonstrated that he can meet and exceed his goals and contribute to the success of the network. He has built solid relationships with his clients, his colleagues, and partners in the community. 

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Jim Pillans

texas

Jim Pillans

University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network
2021

Jim excels in his position as a director and advisor. Jim led his center to be the top performing center in the network and he personally was the top performing advisor who exceeded all his goals. 

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Jeff Mather

Utah

Jeff Mather

Utah SBDC Network
2021

Jeff and his center continue to exceed goals, in addition to causing positive economical impact in Southern Utah. 

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Debra Boudrieau

vermont

Debra Boudrieau

Vermont Small Business Development Center
2020

Debra was chosen as the 2020 State Star for excellence in service to her clients and colleagues. She is knowledgeable, dedicated, empathetic, passionate, and accessible. She provided timely and accurate interpretation of complex disaster loan and grant programs throughout the pandemic. Her impact has had an extraordinary ripple effect throughout the state and beyond! 

Vermont

Kate Paterson

Vermont Small Business Development Center
2021

Kate has had a significant impact on the Vermont SBDC over the past year. Her responsive, engaging and supportive approach has enabled every advisor to be exponentially more effective. Kate has been instrumental in the addition of new tools, technologies and partnerships, resulting in greater organizational and client success. 

Michael D. Austin

Virginia

Michael D. Austin

Virginia SBDC
2021

Mike’s unsurpassed knowledge of SBA procedures and policies contributed greatly to our understanding of what was taking place in EIDL, EIDL Advance, PPP, SVOG and RRF, as well as SOAR and other lending vehicles. His expertise enabled him to distill bureaucratic language into clear, concise reads which benefited both counselor and clients. 

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Sherrika Industrious-Phillips

Virgin Islands

Sherrika Industrious-Phillips

Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center
2021

Sherrika goes above and beyond to represent the Network and its services in an exemplary manner. She is a devoted staff member who goes the extra mile to ensure that our marketing, social media presence, website, etc. are professionally presented, recognized, and of the highest quality. 

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Eric Grimstead

washington

Eric Grimstead

Washington SBDC
2020

Eric Grimstead was lauded by the State Star selection committee for his professionalism, expertise in both the art and science of business advising, and his rapport with clients. Eric joined the SBDC at Western Washington University in 2008 after nearly 20 years in small business management, marketing and financial planning. 

Sarah Truglio

washington

Sarah Truglio

Washington SBDC
2021

Sarah consistently receives top marks for the caliber of her work. Whether she is working with clients, with network colleagues or with other resource partners, she is always the consummate professional. If one suggestion doesn’t work, she’ll find another. The best part is, she ALWAYS responds immediately and with a smile. She is our guiding STAR!

West virginia

Sharon Stratton

West Virginia Small Business Development Center
2021

Sharon excelled during a challenging year not only at assisting existing businesses to access programs that would help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but also at helping aspiring entrepreneurs capitalize on opportunities to launch their new businesses. 

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wisconsin

Michelle Somes-Booher

Wisconsin SBDC
2020

Michelle has strength, compassion, stamina and sound strategic thinking. She has the ability to work with small business owners and high-ranking university officials with equal poise and ease. Her leadership and management during the COVID crisis have kept all of her staff positive, productive and progressing.

Cheryl Mitchell

Wisconsin

Cheryl Mitchell

Wisconsin SBDC
2021

Cheryl met all four metrics for the first time in seven years and made a lasting impact in the community, including the Mercado Project. She identified barriers and ways to work around them, and she created opportunities, collaborations and funding resources to help others. She is committed to the SBDC, her region, her staff and her clients. 

Michael Lambert

Wyoming

Michael Lambert

Wyoming SBDC Network
2020

Michael Lambert is a rock star! He is instrumental to the network’s reputation for providing incredibly valuable market research. Mike is committed to supporting Wyoming entrepreneurs by providing quality results. He has done this by identifying the best tools, leading and mentoring his team of researchers, and constantly evaluating processes.

Nicholas Giraldo

wyoming

Nicholas Giraldo

Wyoming SBDC Network
2021

Nicholas Giraldo is an exemplary performer because he cares. Nick is dependable and always ready to help a client, co-worker, or our network. His research and analysis are spot-on to the client’s situation. His reports are clear, understandable, in-depth, and provide actionable information to assist clients in strategic decisions. 

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