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We can help you start a business!

Do you have an idea for a new business? Take the first step and sit down with one of our small business advisors.

Whether you’re choosing a type of business, starting a business plan, or looking for business advising, we’ve got you covered!


SBDC Business Advisors

Rich Gannon, ASBC

SBDC Advisor

Christian Nichols, ASBC

SBDC Advisor/Brownfields Project Manager

Other Resources that Can Help




Create a business plan in half the time!

LivePlan helps you define, run, and grow your business with a full set of features to keep you on track. Receive step-by-step instructions, generate detailed financial statements, and track your progress and performance.

Contact Rich Gannon to get started with LivePlan:

Business Trainings

Start your new business with free online and in-person workshops.

Online Courses

We also offer online classes that cover the basics of starting a business.

Concierge Services

What do you need to make your deal happen?

We’re here to help you move forward quickly and efficiently. Call us to discuss your needs and implement your action plan. We can connect you with partners including local and state government. Connect you with realtors, contractors, and utility providers. We will assign a point person to help you get your idea to completion and work with you over time in your continued success.

Jolene Schalper, CEcD

Senior Vice President

Jake Clark, EDFP

Vice President

Learn about the market

We have a variety of tools that can help you understand our market and industry. Visit our Market Data page to learn more!


Looking for options to help finance your business? We can help!

Business Permitting

Our business development team can help walk you through the process!


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