Vickery Named Director of Small Business Development Center

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William R. “Bill” Vickery has been named director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 28 2006 – William R. “Bill” Vickery has been named director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southeast Missouri State University.  In addition, he will continue to serve as director of Entrepreneurship and Training for the Southeast Innovation Center.  Vickery replaces F.R. “Buz” Sutherland, who recently retired to accept a position as executive director of the Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance.

Vickery has been training coordinator for the SBDC for the past six years and has personally delivered more than 275 entrepreneurial training sessions to individuals and organizations throughout the region.  He has more than 25 years experience in the banking industry and is a former small business owner.

The Southeast SBDC is a small business resource center with a lending and reference library, and a U.S. Census Data Center.  The Southeast SBCD works with economic development partners in the region to identify training needs for small business, then schedules, plans and delivers entrepreneurial business management training events around the region.

The Southeast Center’s primary function is to provide one-on-one confidential business management counseling using SBDC staff, faculty of the Harrison College of Business and the School of Polytechnic Studies as well as outside consultants.  SBDCs are a program supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The SBDC at Southeast Missouri State University serves 19 counties in Southeast Missouri from Ste. Genevieve and St. Francois Counties south to the Arkansas state line and from the Mississippi River west to include Reynolds, Carter and Ripley Counties.

Over the past four years, the Southeast SBDC has concentrated on entrepreneurial training using the FastTrac Curriculum, a program developed by the Ewing Kaufman Foundation which assists people who want to start new businesses.  The Center is the number one provider of First Step FastTrac Curriculum in non-metropolitan regions of the United States.  Vickery has served as the director and trainer of the program since its inception at Southeast.