“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.
Bruce Walters is a Certified Business Advisor and Program Specialist for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College. As the Program Specialist, Bruce provides general advising services, and manages the intake, assessment, and referral process for new clients. He also manages the agency’s reporting functions.
Bruce’s experience has been predominately in insurance, business consulting, and non-profit administration. Bruce holds an Associate Degree in Art from City College of San Francisco, a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of California Berkeley, and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Marketing and Communications at Franklin University.
Tonya Wilson is a Certified Business Advisor 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, LERN Certified Program Planner and is a Professional Certified Marketer of the American Marketing Association.
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 is the Latino Business Adviser and an Accredited Business Planning Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State Community College. In this role, Thalia provides coaching and advising to new and existing business owners to ensure the healthy growth and success of their business, coordinates training in Spanish for the Latino Center and provides business valuation assistance. She is Thalia has over ten 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, is OSHA 10 Certified and an Accredited Business Planning Advisor (ABPA).
Thalia has a Bachelor’s in World Economy and Business from The Ohio State University. Thalia is the Vice-president of LEON, a non-profit organization that advocates for issues that involve the Latino/Hispanic community in Columbus. Thalia was Project Manager for the Latina Mentoring Academy for 3 years, a program that empowers Latina women to advance personally and professionally through mentoring and training 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.
Ellen Harvey is a Certified Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College (SBDC). Ellen also serves as the Capital Access Manager for Kiva Columbus through the SBDC Kiva Partnership. Ellen is an economic development and lending relations professional with 18 years of experience researching, planning, implementing and evaluating small business and economic development programs for City, State and Federal agencies.
Directly, Ellen has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs with access to capital, resources, training, and counseling. Having owned her own mortgage brokerage for 8 years, she truly understands the day-to-day challenges business owners face. In addition, Harvey’s experience as the Director of the Women’s Business Center for the Economic Community Development Institute and as a Business Consultant for the Minority Business Assistance Center has given her a unique perspective into the special issues that confront minorities, women, and economically and socially disadvantaged business owners.
With the SBDC Ellen continues her quest to provide excellent service and guidance to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.