Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New MI-SBTDC Growth Group Consultant

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) hires experienced business consultant to join the Growth Group Team. Catherine Abad  will now serve as the Growth Group Consultant for the Greater Washtenaw MI-SBTDC, working with growing companies throughout Southeastern Michigan assisting with business expansion, improved profitability, restructuring, and financial analysis.

“I am very pleased announce that Catherine has joined the statewide  MI-SBTDC Growth Group Team. Cathie has worked as an independent contractor for the MI-SBTDC since 2005 covering Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee Counties. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be an invaluable addition to our Growth Group Team,” stated Greater Washtenaw Regional Director, Charles Penner.
Cathie is an entrepreneur and business advisor with extensive SEO, market research and business marketing expertise. Before joining the MI-SBTDC, she owned a manufacturing firm and a marketing/graphic design agency. Cathie has worked with partner agencies in Southeastern Michigan providing entrepreneurial support and assistance.
“Her expertise and experience with her own businesses will offer great assistance to growing companies. We look forward to having her continue with our network in this expanded capacity,” stated Penner.
As a Growth Group Specialist, Cathie will provide business counseling and assistance to advanced growing companies in Southeast Michigan. Cathie will be based in Ann Arbor and will have an office at the MI-SBTDC Greater Washtenaw Regional office at Washtenaw Community College.
The Greater Washtenaw Region will continue to provide assistance for the Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee area. Businesses seeking assistance  may visit and complete an online counseling request form or call the office directly at 734-477-8762.
The MI-SBTDC Growth Group is an experienced team of professionals who guide management in the evaluation of strategies focused on preparing companies for the next stage of growth.

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