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The mission of the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to grow the economy of western Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.

Since its inception in 1980, the Clarion University SBDC has consulted with thousands of pre-venture and existing business clients in its 10-county region. This region in Pennsylvania includes the following counties: Armstrong, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Venango.

The Clarion University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. Clarion University SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one engagements to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more.

Clarion University SBDC Staff

Cindy Nellis, Director (cnellis@clarion.edu)

Cindy Nellis, Director of the Clarion University SBDCCindy has been with the Clarion University SBDC since September 1996. Cindy is responsible for overseeing and directing the assignment and coordination of the SBDC staff and its operations. In addition, Cindy provides confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners and developing and instructing educational programs for the SBDC.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Cindy worked in the banking industry for 10 years. She graduated from The Ohio State University. Cindy's office is located at the Clarion University SBDC main office.


Amy Keth, Assistant Director (amketh@clarion.edu)

Amy Keth, Assistant Director of Clarion University SBDCAmy has been a business consultant with the Clarion University SBDC since July 2004. The counties that she serves include Forest, Jefferson, and Venango providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners. In addition, she instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Amy worked in the banking industry. She also has experience as a tax-preparer. She is a Clarion University graduate.

Amy meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within ForestJefferson, and Venango counties.


Aleshia Marshall (amarshall@clarion.edu)

Aleshia Marshall, Business Outreach Consultant at the Clarion University SBDCAleshia has been a business consultant with the Clarion University SBDC since MONTH 2017. The counties that she serves include Elk and McKean, providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners. In addition, she instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC. Aleshia specializes in preparing comprehensive business plans that include financial forecasts, as well as providing general management assistance.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Aleshia worked in the private sector as an account representative at a machine company. She also has retail experience and is a former intern at the Clarion SBDC. She is a Clarion University graduate.

Aleshia meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within Elk and McKean counties. 


Tracy Reinsel (treinsel@clarion.edu)

Tracy Reinsel, Business Outreach Consultant at the Clarion University SBDCTracy has been a business consultant with the Clarion University SBDC since October 2014. Tracy serves Armstrong County, providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners. In addition, she instructs educational programs and training seminars for the SBDC and is the Coordinator for the Clarion University Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. Tracy specializes in preparing comprehensive business plan that includes detailed financial forecasts for SBDC clients. She also provides research, marketing and general management assistance to small businesses.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Tracy worked as an accountant in a variety fields including manufacturing, insurance and non-profit. She is a Clarion University graduate.

Tracy meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within Armstrong county.


Corry Riley (criley@clarion.edu)

Corry Riley, Business Outreach Consultant at the Clarion University SBDCCorry Riley graduated from Clarion University and began working at the Clarion SBDC as a consultant in May of 2005. Corry serves Cameron, Clearfield and Potter counties, providing free, confidential one-on-one business consulting to current or prospective small business owners. He also provides assistance with research, marketing, employee handbooks, QuickBooks accounting software, and general management assistance. Corry instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC, including the popular QuickBooks seminars. Corry is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. 

Corry meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within CameronClearfield, and Potter counties.


Jason Strohm (jstrohm@clarion.edu)

Jason Stohm, Business Outreach Consultant & Computer/Business Analyst at the Clarion University SBDC

Jason joined the Clarion University Small Business Development Center in October of 2017. He has both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Graphic Arts and Communication respectively.

After graduating from Clarion University with his first degree, Jason taught art and marketing classes at DuBois Business College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. While returning to college for his MA in Communication, Jason started Strohm Graphics a web and graphic design firm located in Brookville PA.

In 2008, Jason returned to the Clarion University, this time as their Web Designer/Developer working in the Marketing and Communication office.

In 2014, while maintaining his position at Clarion University, he started another company along with his daughters selling educational card games and teaching the girls how to build and operate a business of their own.

After nine years in the Marketing and Communication office, Jason transferred to the Clarion University SBDC as a IT/Business Consultant. This was in preparation of Matt Sopher's retirement, the IT/Business Consultant at the time.

"It was a good fit. I was still enjoying the Web Designer/Developer projects but a new work experience in a position where we help businesses start and grow every day was a refreshing change of pace. Each day at the Clarion University SBDC is completely different and challenging in a good way." – Jason

 

Jason meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within Jefferson and Clarion counties.


Jeanne Best (jbest@clarion.edu)

Jeanne Best, Marketing & Training Coordinator at the Clarion University SBDC

Jeanne Best joined the Clarion University SBDC in January 2018. Jeanne is responsible for coordination of training events and marketing them in all ten counties served by the SBDC. She also facilitates, teaches and does follow-up reporting for workshops, classes and other training events.

Jeanne has over 20 years of experience in many areas of business, including: management, operations, marketing, sales, customer service, human resources, and finance.  She has worked in numerous industries, such as:  marketing, education, health care, philanthropy and technology.  Jeanne is an entrepreneur by nature and strives to help others start their own successful businesses. 

 


Di Smith, Assistant Budget Director (dismith@clarion.edu)

Di Smith, Assistant Budget Director at the Clarion University SBDCDi processes all necessary budget transactions, invoices, etc. She assists clients and counselors to obtain various types of business information requested.