Cole named 2013 Oklahoma State Star

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Cole named 2013 Oklahoma State Star

 Jeanne Cole named 2013 Oklahoma State Star at the Annual Conference of America’s Small Business Development Center Network in Orlando, Fla.

Jeanne Cole, assistant regional director with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been selected as the 2013 Oklahoma State Star. State Stars are exemplary performers who have made significant contributions to their state programs and have demonstrated a strong commitment to small business.

Cole was recognized, along with other State Stars, at the Annual Conference of America’s Small Business Development Center Network in Orlando, Fla., earlier in September. The annual conference brings together more than 1,400 SBDC professionals, trainers, consultants, management and administrative personnel.

Cole has a rich business history including owning and operating her own small business.  She has many small business certifications including being a Certified Pro Adviser for Intuit QuickBooks and currently is pursuing certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) with the National Development Council. 

“I am honored to be a part of the Northwestern SBDC team and work with Oklahoma’s small business community,” Cole said.

“Jeanne is an outstanding business counselor and is committed to quality assistance in serving our clients,” Laura Girty, Northwest Regional Director for the Northwestern SBDC, said. “She approaches her work with a positive attitude toward goal achievement and completing assignments. This recognition is a deserved and distinguished honor for Jeanne and the Northwestern SBDC.” 

The Northwest SBDC network includes offices and outreach in Alva, Enid, Woodward and Ponca City.

“The SBDC State Star Award has a long tradition in our industry as the top award for recognizing an individual’s outstanding performance and contribution to our mission of furthering small business success and job creation in Oklahoma,” Bill Carter, executive state director of the Oklahoma SBDC Network, said. “Before joining the SBDC center at Northwestern, Jeanne developed a wealth of small business knowledge as well as operating her own small business and leverages that real world experience to become a highly effective counselor and coach to small business. She is most deserving.”

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center network provides confidential, high-quality, no-cost business management advising in all Oklahoma counties to small business owners and new entrepreneurs. Management advising and related business management workshops cover business planning, capitalization, customer and competitive market research, export assistance, government contracting assistance, growth and succession strategies, business continuity planning and much more.

For more information contact the Northwest Oklahoma Small Business Development Center at or by calling (580) 213-3113.