Ron Gifford is a Business Advisor for the NW-ISBDC. He will focus on assisting businesses in Starke and Pulaski counties through his role with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Albion College and his JD degree from Emory University. His responsibilities include helping clients with business planning and execution, connecting small businesses to key resources, coordinating conferences and workshops geared toward small business growth, partnering with businesses to secure financing, and promoting growth and development of the region’s small business communities. Before joining the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Ron practiced law for 32 years, having worked primarily with the business community. He has served on or advised numerous boards in Marshall County, including the School Board, Community Foundation Board and the Boys and Girls Club.