CIE Selects Cabot to Lead SBTDC

by News Bureau on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec 16, 2011 – The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University recently announced that Sandra Cabot was named interim director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).

Cabot continues to serve as assistant director for outreach for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), dedicated to increasing entrepreneurial skills and awareness through community outreach and small business development activities.

Prior to this she served two years as a program coordinator in the CIE and is certified as an Operation JumpStart: First Step and a FastTrac New Venture facilitator. From 2008 to 2009, she served as a contract instructor for the Center’s Operation JumpStart classes. An experienced entrepreneur, she operated a professional consulting business for 10 years, working with many small businesses and community leaders in southeast Missouri and elsewhere.

Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of management at Southeast, said “We are pleased that Sandra will continue to utilize her experience as an entrepreneur and small business consultant to assist aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners in our region. She shares our passion to work with others to improve the quality of lives, businesses, and communities in southeast Missouri and beyond.”

As interim director for the Small Business and Technology Development Center, Cabot will guide the Center’s services designed to not only help entrepreneurs launch new business ventures, but also to assist existing businesses to secure the resources they need to be successful.

“It is truly gratifying to be part of the University’s team at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Small Business and Technology Development Center. I feel we have great potential to make a positive impact on the communities and businesses of this region,” Cabot said.

A native of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Cabot has traveled extensively and also lived in Lexington, Ky., and Charlotte, N.C. In Lexington, she worked for nine years with the Council of State Governments, a non-partisan national public policy research organization serving elected and appointed state officials and legislators.

Cabot is an active volunteer in her community, serving on the board of directors for the Community Foundation since 2003 and the Foundation for Restoration since 2004. She is a member of the National Association of Business Professional Women, the Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals and the Southeast Council on Philanthropy (SECOP), and is an active participant in several area Chambers of Commerce.

The CIE is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services. The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.

For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.