Tricia JanesAs Marketing and Database Coordinator of America’s SBDC Iowa in Ames, Tricia Janes was honored as the 2014 Iowa “State Star” by the national association of Small Business Development Centers – America’s SBDC.

America’s SBDC annually recognizes Small Business Development Center employees for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to the organization’s economic development efforts, and showing a strong commitment to small businesses.

“Tricia has been providing valuable market research to clients and gathering important metrics about our organization since she started,” says Iowa SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat. “She is well known for her helpfulness to our regional staff, her willingness to take on special projects, and her dedication to the SBDC and its clients. She very much deserves this national recognition.”

Janes, who’s been with the organization since October 2007, was nominated by her associates for the honor. She was honored at a special reception held during the America’s SBDC national fall conference in Dallas, Texas in September 2014.