Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SBDC Tacoma Advisor Receives Top State Award


By Hope Belli Tinney, WSU News


TACOMA, Wash. - John Rodenberg was named the 2011 Star Performer by the Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) at the network’s spring meetings in Walla Walla April 11-13.

Rodenberg, who heads the SBDC office in Tacoma at Bates Community Technical College, has been a certified business advisor since 2004. He has more than 25 years’ experience working with both major corporations and small businesses, with particular expertise in manufacturing, distribution and consulting.

According to his clients, in 2011 he was directly responsible for helping them access $3.1 million in funding and equity funding.

The WSBDC is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington State University, other institutions of higher education and economic development agencies.

John Rodenberg and
SBDC State Director Rogers
Brett Rogers, state director of the WSBDC, said Rodenberg exemplifies the best qualities of small business technical advisors.
"He’s an engineer by training,” Rogers said, "so he’s methodical, logical, well organized and a good linear thinker. All of that pays off for John’s clients.”

Rogers said Rodenberg is consistently one of the top performers in the network. In his eight years with the WSBDC network, Rodenberg has been recognized eight times for helping his clients secure more than $1 million in debt or equity funding and has a lifetime total of $26.7 million.
"He’s someone the entire network is proud of,” Rogers said.


Rodenberg will be recognized in September at the national conference for the Association of Small Business Development Centers in New Orleans as Washington’s Star Performer.

Several other awards were also presented to WSBDC business advisors at the spring meetings.
Jennifer Shelton, certified business advisor at the WSBDC center at Western Washington University, was presented with the 100 Jobs Club award. She has been with the network since 2003 and was the 2010 Washington SBDC Star Performer. Her clients credited her with saving or creating 199 jobs in 2011.

Asbury Lockett, who heads the WSBDC office in Renton, received his certification as a WSBDC business advisor. Each certified advisor must complete a six-month, 12-module certification process under the mentorship of an experienced advisor.

SBDC advisors named to the Million Dollar Club (for helping clients access $1M to $4,999,999 in capital in 2011) include:
  • David Baria (Lewis County Economic Development Council)
  • Lew Blakeney (Economic Alliance of Okanogan County)
  • Steve Burke (WSU South Seattle/Tukwila)
  • Deanna Burnett-Keener (Green River Community College)
  • Terry Cornelison (WSU Pullman)
  • Bruce Davis (Columbia Basin College)
  • Kirk Davis (Green River Community College)
  • Jim Fletcher (WSU Wenatchee)
  • Linda Johnson (WSU Yakima)
  • Kathleen Purdy (WSU Port Townsend/Port Angeles)
  • John Rodenberg (WSU Tacoma/ Bates Community Technical College)
  • Jennifer Shelton (Western Washington University)
  • Rich Shockley (Highline Community College)
  • Erik Stewart (WSU Aberdeen)
With 26 small business development centers located across the state, the WSBDC provides one-to-one confidential business advising, demand-driven training and market research to both new and established small business owners at no cost to the client. In 2011, business advisors with the WSBDC network were responsible for $31 million in capital formation and assisted more than 2,859 small business owners.