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Northwest Missouri State University

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Sept. 2, 2014

Evans receives Outstanding Innovator award for business development

Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans, director of the Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC), has been named Outstanding Innovator for 2014 by the University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program.

Evans won the award at the program’s annual conference for creating a SBTDC Boot Camp for new counselors.

“Rebecca recognized a challenge and responded superbly,” said Steven L. Devlin, Business Development Program director. “In this case, the challenge was internal: How to best orient new staff and get them up to speed to become fully participating members of the BDP team, creating new businesses, jobs and prosperity. Through her own initiative, she created a curriculum and then delivered it to new counselors. We’ll be using this curriculum from here on in, thanks to Rebecca.”

This isn’t the first time Evans has been publicly recognized by the Business Development Program. In 2012, she was named the organization’s State Star, or top state counselor, for her contributions to local business growth.

Evans joined the Northwest SBTDC in 2007, serving in St. Joseph. She was named Northwest associate regional director in 2013 and assumed the regional director role earlier this year. She has advised or coached up to 200 businesses each year, creating sales increases of nearly $30 million for these businesses, investment increases of $10.5 million and 218 new jobs.

“One of the signs of a high-functioning organization is that when great work is done, those doing it make it look easy,” Devlin said. “Rebecca has a knack for solving complex problems in elegant ways. She is a tremendous asset to the BDP and northwest Missouri.”

Evans is a certified business coach, a Six Sigma Green Belt in process improvement and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional. She also served on the board of examiners for the 2013 Missouri Quality Awards at the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. She holds a master’s degree from Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University.

The Northwest SBTDC is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and covers 17 counties spanning from Atchison County, south to Platte County and east to Livingston County. It consists of three offices with a regional office at the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Northwest campus in Maryville and additional offices in Chillicothe and St. Joseph. For more information about the Northwest SBTDC, call 660.562.1701 or visit

The Business Development Program works with Missouri companies to address management, marketing and financing issues. For more information on how the program may assist with finance, management and other small business management issues, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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