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Rebecca Lobina, the regional director of Northwest’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, visited students at Robidoux Middle School in St. Joseph, Missouri, to discuss potential career paths. (Submitted photo)

Rebecca Lobina, the regional director of Northwest’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, visited students at Robidoux Middle School in St. Joseph, Missouri, to discuss potential career paths. (Submitted photo)

    May 10, 2016

    SBTDC director Lobina discusses career paths with students

    Rebecca Lobina, the regional director of Northwest Missouri State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), visited with students May 3 at Robidoux Middle School in St. Joseph, Missouri, to discuss potential career paths.  

    Robidoux instructor Thomas Bigham, who teaches computing and business, invited individuals from multiple professions to speak to his students about careers.

    “I don’t help people find a job. I help people create jobs,” Lobina told the students.

    Lobina talked with students about their interests in owning a business and the multitude of skills needed to operate a business, including math skills for accounting, reading and understanding financial statements, human resource concerns, customer service and marketing. She also explained a college degree is helpful to learn those skills.

    Lobina shared a business failure story as well as a business success story with the students to illustrate how planning, educational preparedness and reaching out for assistance can create a game plan for attaining business goals.

    The Northwest SBTDC serves an 18-county area in northwest Missouri and focuses on economic development assistance for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. It provides individual business counseling to small business owners and individuals, coordinates and conducts research related to technical and general small business problems, and conducts conferences and workshops on topics of interest to small business owners.

    For more information about the Northwest SBTDC and its services, contact Larry Lee in Maryville at 660.562.1701, Rebecca Lobina in St. Joseph at 816.232.4461 or Matthew Trussell in Chillicothe at 660.646.6920.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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