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June 19, 2012
By Ben Lawson, media assistant
Rebecca Evans, director of the Northwest Missouri State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in St. Joseph, is the winner of the Missouri State Star Award for her contributions to the growth of local businesses.
The State Star Award is given each year to a small business and development employee in Missouri who shows strong commitment to small business and makes significant contributions to his or her region.
Evans has served as the director of the SBTDC in St. Joseph for five years and is a board member of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce.
“That dedication, passion, caring and desire to drive continuous improvements has placed Rebecca in a position of respect with colleagues and clients alike,” Northwest SBTDC Director Larry Lee said. “Rebecca is a trusted source of information and always displays a ‘can do’ attitude when faced with any request or challenge.”
In the last fiscal year, Evans helped create 69 new jobs and nine new businesses in the St. Joseph area. She also worked with area businesses to increase sales by $7.2 million.
Evans will receive the award in September at the 32nd Annual Association of Small Business Development Centers Conference in New Orleans.
The Northwest SBTDC is now the only center in the state where all of its employees are recipients of the State Star Award. Lee received the award in 2004 and Steve Holt, director of the Northwest SBTDC in Chillicothe, received the award in 2007.
To learn more about the Northwest SBTDC, click here.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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