“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work”. —Vince Lombardi
We know and proudly acknowledge that our most valuable assets are the individuals who collectively make up the Ohio SBDC at Columbus State. These individuals are a highly skilled group with extensive business development backgrounds and most importantly a passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of owning and growing a profitable business.
Meet Your Ohio SBDC Team Members
Michael Bowers is a Certified Business Advisor and District Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College. Michael has worked closely with entrepreneurs and business owners assisting them in building their companies for over 25 years, 11 of which were spent with the SBDC network. He has a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, digital media and marketing.
Michael is also an active business blogger at www.SeekingAwesome.com and can be found on many of your favorite social networks.
Tonya Wilson is the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College. In this role, Tonya is responsible for the branding and marketing strategy for the Center, program development and the coordination and promotion of over 200 training programs and events annually.
Tonya’s education background includes an Associate Degree in Multimedia Production, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management,and a Masters in Marketing and Communication. She also holds a certificate from Columbus State Community College in Training and Development and is a LERN Certified Program Planner.
Jerome W. Jones
Jerome W. Jones is a Business Consultant with The Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College and Managing Member of The Danash Group, LLC. Prior to working with the Danash Group, he served as VP of Lending with the Economic and Community Development Institute. He has held other small business development positions including the Vice President of Business Services at Telhio Credit Union where he was responsible for the business loan department, Vice President of Community Development Lending for Key Bank, and a senior loan officer for Community Capital Development Corp. Jones is also very active in the central Ohio community, having served on the United Way of Central Ohio Finance Committee and the City of Columbus Loan Review Committee, as well as serving as a board member of the Columbus Urban League. Jones is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and attended Jackson State University and Franklin University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Elnetta and two children.
Nancy Stoll is the Special Programs Coordinator and a Certified Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State Community College. In this role, Nancy advises and coaches existing and new business owners toward success, coordinates training opportunities offered through the Center and manages such programs as the Women’s Initiative for Successful Enterprising Women (WISE Women) mentoring, training and business development program and the Professional Resource Opportunity (PROS) Service.
She holds a BA degree in Speech Communication/Broadcast Journalism from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, along with many other certifications in business, economic development, and non-profit organizational development.
Thalia Amador joined the Ohio Small Business Development Center team in April of 2014 and provides support to all members of the team, responsible for collecting data, developing reports, and budget records for the center. Thalia has over 10 years of customer service experience with a specialty in Risk Management/Insurance for individuals and Small Businesses, holds a Property and Casualty Insurance license for the state of Ohio since 2005. Thalia is in the process of starting her own Insurance Agency.
Thalia has a Bachelor’s from The Ohio State University in World Economy and Business. Thalia is the Vice-president of LEON, a non-profit organization that advocates for issues that involve the Latino/Hispanic community in Columbus. Thalia is Project Manager for the Latina Mentoring Academy, a program that empowers Latina women to advance personally and professionally through mentoring and workshops.
Roberta Winch is the Director of the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network at Columbus State Community College. She is responsible for assisting businesses that are new to exporting or are ready to expand their export markets. Roberta’s experience has been predominantly in the fashion retail sector, with a focus on international merchandising, sales and marketing. In these roles she has gained significant market experience in Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as, Central and South America and the Middle East. Roberta holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science, Management Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University, Washington, D.C.
Kevin Hammond has been a business management consultant for 13 years, mostly focused on small businesses and start-ups. Kevin has been on the SBDC team for almost ten years as a consultant.
Prior to consulting Kevin was in financial services at Chase Manhattan. Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University and an MBA from Capital University.
Kevin loves entrepreneurship and its rewards, benefits, and challenges. In his little non-work time he mostly enjoys spending time with family, running, the very occasional golf game, and working some more.