|Roth and Doubet|
Darlene Doubet, undergraduate student assistant at Clarion University Small Business Development Center, was recognized with the 2014 Student Leadership Excellence award.
Voted on by SBDC employees, the award is given to the student who best represents these attributes:
- Contributes to environment of teamwork with a friendly and positive attitude;
- Dependability (schedule and in meeting deadlines);
- Strives to effectively use time to maximize productivity;
- Shows initiative in work;
- Provides recommendations for operational improvements; and
- Utilizes SBDC resources efficiently.
Doubet was honored for her five years of work supporting Clarion University SBDC mission of promoting entrepreneurship, assisting business growth and fostering economic development in Pennsylvania. Doubet started with the SBDC as a freshman while she pursued dual majors in accounting and finance. She graduated in May and has accepted a position with PNC Bank, Franklin.
“Our students are very valuable to our center and truly gain a lot of insight to the real world of small business,” said Dr. Kevin Roth, SBDC director and faculty member of the College of Business Administration and Information Sciences. “They are creative, resourceful and hard-working individuals that strengthen our operations. The learning component of working for the SBDC adds value to their resume that makes them stand out from other applicants when applying for jobs and starting their careers.”
The student assistants at the SBDC play a key role in the services offered by the center by working closely with the consultants in researching business ideas, reviewing and developing business plans, analyzing financial statements and generating financial projections for their business clients. In 2013, the Clarion University Small Business Development Center served 525 clients and provided 7,535.75 hours of consulting services. Students assist SBDC consultants and the small business clients on issues pertaining to their business and play an extremely critical role to SBDC services, especially during a time of limited resources.
While earning their education, students working for the SBDC gain the experience and understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by small business entrepreneurs.
Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.