INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) has announced North Central ISBDC Director Alan Steele received the State Star Award at the 35th Annual America’s SBDC Conference recently held in San Francisco.
Themed, The Gateway to Small Business Success, the professional development conference attracted nearly 1,400 small business development professionals brought together to share and grow their knowledge and expertise during the conference that featured over 100 workshops, training sessions and meetings for both seasoned SBDC participants and those new to the SBDC network. The gathering was capped off with the America’s SBDC State Star Reception where Steele was honored as Indiana’s State Star.
ISBDC State Director Jacob Schpok, who nominated Steele for the recognition, commented “Time and time again, Alan Steele demonstrates the willingness to seek out and cultivate the opportunities and successes with both clients and partners, helping to grow Indiana’s robust SBDC network.”
Steele has been with the ISBDC since February 2008 as a business advisor and as director since 2014. Steele has recently ushered in the new partnership with the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend, the first Indiana University/ISBDC host, which provides an important opportunity for ISBDC to meet with clients, offer counseling sessions and most importantly tap into the rich environment of the university campus.
“I consider it a great privilege to work with entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as my colleagues within the ISBDC. To be recognized within the network is humbling and I am very honored and grateful,” stated Steele upon receiving the State Star.
The ISBDC offers entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources for little to no cost. Services provided include one-on-one consulting, strategic planning, market research and loan assistance. During his tenure Steele has successfully managed the center through a transitional period, producing impressive results year after year.
North Central ISBDC Director Alan Steele receives the State Star award from OSBE & ISBDC State Director Jacob Schpok at the Annual America’s SBDC Conference.