(Cedar Falls, IA) - The Center for Business Growth and Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa is excited to announce Amy Dutton has been selected as the new Small Business Development Center Regional Director for the UNI center.
“We are excited to have Amy bring her knowledge, skill and passion for small business and entrepreneurship to our region. Amy knows what it takes to succeed in today’s marketplace and is eager to share her experiences in building strong, vibrant and sustainable businesses.” says Paul Kinghorn, Director of the Center for Business Growth and Innovation.
As Regional Director, Dutton will provide one-on-one business consulting throughout Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette, Grundy, Howard and Tama counties. Consulting includes startup assistance, business planning, accounting, human resources, marketing, sales, information on local and statewide resources, and much more.
Originally from rural western New York state, Dutton moved to the Cedar Valley in 1996 and quickly settled in. Prior to becoming UNI’s SBDC Regional Director, Amy was the Community Outreach Manager for Lutheran Services in Iowa where she worked throughout Black Hawk and Grundy counties to promote LSI programs. Her experience also includes time at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, College Square Mall and Martin Brothers, as well as current board positions on the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau Board and Cedar Valley Society for Human Resources Management Board.
These experiences have built a strong foundation of working with a wide variety of businesses and organizations throughout the Cedar Valley. “I’m looking forward to leveraging my experience with small business and sharing that knowledge with SBDC clients and entrepreneurs to help people achieve their dreams,” Amy says of her new role.
About the Small Business Development Center. America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Iowa has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the SBDC has helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training workshops.
About the Center for Business Growth and Innovation. For the past two decades, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation (UNI CBGI) has built a network of resources and services designed to attract, connect, and accelerate small business and start-up growth with business assistance, capital, partner resources, and valuable connections to their peers. For more information, visit uni.edu/cbgi.