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Tacoma Business Advisor Receives SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Award

SPOKANE, Wash. — John Rodenberg, certified business advisor for the Washington State University Tacoma Small Business Development Center, has received the SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Award from U.S. Small Business Administration. The award was presented during a recent statewide Washington SBDC staff meeting.

The award was presented to Rodenberg in recognition of his “championing small business causes, surpassing milestones, and exceeding all expectations.” The presentation included highlights of Rodenberg’s direct client work, and his efforts to integrate the services of four distinct partner service providers within the Tacoma Business Center.

During 2009, Rodenberg helped clients receive more than $5.2 million in funding and helped to create or save nine jobs. As a result of his work with clients, Rodenberg also was awarded the SBDC’s Five Million Dollar Club Award.

“John is an invaluable asset to the Washington SBDC network,” said SBDC state director Brett Rogers. “He is respected and admired by his peers who regard him as a network leader and an important resource for insights into small business operations. I’m pleased that the U.S. Small Business Administration chose to honor John for his contributions to the SBDC and to his clients.”

The Washington state SBDC provides no-charge confidential advising and low-cost training to current and prospective business owners.  It is a cooperative effort between WSU, community colleges, economic development organizations, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Media Contacts

Brett Rogers, WSU WSBDC State Director, 509-358-7890