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New Penn State SBDC Director Looks to Build on Efforts to Help Area Entrepreneurs

by on December 04, 2017 12:27 PM

Kimberlee MacMullan began on Monday her new role as director of Penn State Small Business Development Center, bringing more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and nonprofit organizations.

A Penn State graduate, she returns to State College from Hermosa, Calif., where she was president and CEO for the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Throughout her career MacMullan has experience in financial operations and business planning for corporations and nonprofits, including as a consultant for the Lehigh Valley SBDC.

The Penn State SBDC provides one-on-one consulting and seminars for startups and existing small businesses in Centre and Mifflin counties. MacMullan wants the organization to be the first resource for area entrepreneurs.

“We have the talent and expertise to provide cutting-edge guidance to business owners, regardless of the industry. My goal for the Penn State SBDC is to ensure we deliver that expertise in a consistent manner and continue to expand education and engagement with the community,” MacMullan said. “I love vesting in someone’s effort when they are motivated, determined and focused and part of our job is to enable those traits in the potential entrepreneurs seeking out resources.”

MacMullan's work with the Hermosa Beach chamber and visitors bureau gave her the experience needed to assist a variety of businesses while overseeing Penn State SBDC's administration and partnerships, said Pamela Driftmier, interim executive director for Professional and Community Education at Penn State.

“Kimberlee brings a wealth of experience and a passion for small business development that will support university initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurship, economic development and student engagement,” said Driftmier. “As the Penn State SBDC celebrates 20 years of assisting local business owners, her leadership will build upon the very solid foundation laid by past leaders and partners.”

Christian Conroy, state director for the Pennsylvania SBDC, expects MacMullan to be an asset to economic development initiatives statewide.

 “SBDCs are strong supporters of business growth and development and we are proud to have an experienced professional such as Ms. MacMullan join our program,” Conroy said.

MacMullan has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Penn State's Smeal College of Business and an MBA from Lehigh University.

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