Green Bay, Wis. — UW-Green Bay Outreach Specialist (Cofrin School of Business) Dave Stauffacher, a business counselor for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was named the 2019 State Star Award winner for the State of Wisconsin. In April, Stauffacher celebrated his third anniversary with UW-Green Bay’s SBDC.
Stauffacher is a senior business consultant serving clients in Northeast Wisconsin, which includes Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties.
America’s SBDC “State Star” is a yearly award for SBDC employees with exemplary performance who significantly contribution to their state or regional SBDC program. The Wisconsin’s State Star must demonstrate meet the following criteria: impact on clients, innovative approach, team spirit and willingness to go the extra mile.
Each year, America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network recognizes top performers nationwide at its annual conference. In September, Dave will be recognized at the ASBDC conference in Long Beach, Calif. with the stars from all the other states. The award includes flight, accommodation, and conference registration to the annual ASBDC multi-day conference.
“I see parallelism with entrepreneurship and theatre,” Stauffacher says. “The journey often begins with a dream, a vision that becomes a reality through creative play-write (strategic planning), directed through tireless rehearsals (training and implementation) with hopes of delivering an engaging performance as the curtains rise (opening for #business). I’ve been fortunate as an SBDC advisor to interact and support many client performances on life’s stage from the best seat in the house.”
Stauffacher is the second State Star Award winner for the Green Bay Small Business Development Center, as Senior Counselor Chuck Brys won the award in 2012.
The UW-Green Bay SBDC is part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises. The UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center provides no cost business counseling services in the 12-county region of Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Shawano and Sheboygan.