SPSCC’s Ron Nielsen named 2014 Star Performer

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Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College

Washington Small Business Development Centers named Ron Nielson, the Director of Small Business Development at South Puget Sound Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the organization’s 2014 Star Performer. The announcement came at the group’s recent spring meetings.

“Being part of the SBDC is a way of giving back,” Nielsen said in a release from the Washington SBDC. “I enjoy working one-on-one with clients – listening to their needs, identifying areas where they can improve and helping them find the tools and resources they need to make changes.”

In addition to earning the Star Performer nod, Nielsen was also named to the organization’s Million Dollar Club and the 100 Jobs list. In a release, the organization said Nielsen is “an exemplary member of our network, earning high praise from his clients and from his fellow SBDC business advisors who value his business expertise, his willingness to collaborate and his contributions to our network professional development.”

In 2014, according to Washington SBDC, Nielsen advised 129 clients, who in turn credited him with helping them access more than $3.6 million in capital infusion and helped create or save 297 jobs. He is one of 29 SBDC advisors in 25 centers across Washington state. He has led SPSCC’s SBDC since 2011. Nielsen will be honored at the America’s Small Business Development Centers annual conference this September in San Francisco.

Currently located at Woodland Square in Lacey, the SPSCC Small Business Development Center will move into the college’s new Lacey campus, located on 6th Avenue, opening this fall. The SBDC provides local small businesses with business planning, market planning and research, technological integration, merchandising and advertising, and more. The SPSCC SBDC can be reached at (360) 407-0014.

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