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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 2, 2012

SBTDC directors recognized for efforts to raise economic impacts

The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Northwest Missouri State and its directors received multiple honors during the Missouri SBTDC annual recognition meeting Jan. 17 in Columbia.

Frank Veeman, director of the Northwest SBTDC in Maryville, and Rebecca Evans, director of the Northwest SBTDC in St. Joseph, were recognized for their work in 2011, recording economic impacts in three of four major categories – business formation, jobs created, sales increases and investments.

Larry Lee, who recently was named director of Northwest Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, also was honored for his work as director of technology development and commercialization for the University of Missouri-Kansas City SBTDC. Lee was recognized for recording economic impacts in all four of the major categories.

Evans, Veeman and Lee also were among the nominees for awards recognizing their outstanding performances in job creation, economic impact in sales increases, achievements in research proposals and new business formations.

The Northwest Small Business and Technology Development Center provides free and confidential consulting to for-profit businesses in 17 northwest counties, consisting of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte and Worth.   

In addition to its main office at Northwest’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), the Northwest SBTDC has offices in St. Joseph and Chillicothe. The centers work with area chambers of commerce, economic development directors and area bankers as well as tenants of the CIE and the Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Science and Technology Incubator in St. Joseph to provide services to clients. Steve Holt, director of the Northwest SBTDC Chillicothe Center, also is a member of the SBTDC Economic Gardening team designed to help businesses develop and expand their potential.

During the 2011 fiscal year, the Northwest SBTDC consulted with 306 businesses. Northwest SBTDC directors expended 1,440 hours to 556 consultation sessions. The Northwest SBTDC also hosted 18 small business workshops throughout the year that covered a variety of topics ranging from starting a business to marketing feasibility.

With the help of the Northwest SBTDC, area businesses obtained more than $7.8 million in loans and their cumulative sales increased by more than $15 million. These businesses created an additional 126 jobs and retained 164 existing jobs. In addition, 17 new businesses were assisted in startup.

In a survey of SBTDC clients, more than 90 percent said they would recommend SBTDC services.

For more information, contact the Northwest SBTDC at 660.562.1701 or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468