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SBDC Director Awarded by National Organization

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Warren County Small Business Development Center Executive Director Michael Stater has been selected as the 2018 Ohio SBDC State Star. He was nominated and chosen by his peers in Ohio for his work ethic, production results and professional development. Among his accomplishments, he created the Warren County Business Expo five years ago and it has grown to be the largest B2B event in the county. He continues to manage the event, which connects entrepreneurs with experts and solution providers and features high-profile speakers. 

Stater has increased the Warren County Small Business Development Alliance from 27 members in 2015 to 39 members in 2018. In the past two fiscal years, Stater achieved 300 percent of grant quota for new business starts and 166 percent of grant quota for capital injection.

“Mike has made significant and measurable contributions to enhance the quality of life in Warren County,” Warren County Port Authority Director Martin Russell said.

Other highlights from the past year for the Warren County SBDC include earning the Warren County Foundation’s Emerging Non-Profit Organization Community Service Award, ranking in the Top 10 in Ohio SBDC network for most business starts, and leading Ohio with the highest average attendance per class/event.

Among Stater’s accomplishments this past year, he was selected by his Ohio peers for their network Advocacy Award; he was chosen as a team leader for the County Chamber Alliance Washington, D.C. Fly-In and Capitol Drive Day in Columbus; was a speaker at the Procter & Gamble International Alumni Conference Small Business Symposium; and was a guest on Sirius/XM Radio’s America’s Small Business Report.

He will be attending and recognized at the America’s SBDC-hosted national conference in Washington, DC Sept. 5-7. Over 1,300 SBDC consultants from every state, including one State Star from each state, will participate.

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