Since the 1980s I have had the honor to work as regional director at the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center. The UI SBDC is part of a network of SBDCs in the state, as well as part of the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Tippie College of Business. As SBDC director, I get to:
- Help entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership
- Help business owners remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global market
- Analyze and develop implementation ideas for different aspects of a client’s business that will help them determine goals and achieve success.
As an SBDC director, we are empowered to do what we feel will make the most impact for the client. We work on independent projects and are allowed the freedom to make choices as to which direction we want to guide the entrepreneur. Connecting with clients is my passion, as is scrambling to keep up with new technologies and business practices that can have a positive impact on the small business community. There is always something new to learn. Many entrepreneurs say that the hours they invest in their business do not feel like work because many are having fun in what they are doing. So it is for most SBDC directors – we find satisfaction through the success of others.
Small businesses are an important part of the Iowa economy, and the SBDC is a significant resource for helping entrepreneurs acquire the knowledge and skills they need to maximize their chances for success.