Wilber elected as Small Business Institute national president

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Wilber elected as Small Business Institute national president

March 23, 2010

 Dr. Patti Wilber
Dr. Patti Wilber

            Dr. Patti Wilber, associate dean for economic development at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was elected to serve as the 2010 Small Business Institute (SBI) national president.

            She was installed as president at the national conference in Albuquerque, N. M., in February.

            The SBI was formed in 1976, and is a national association of members from colleges and universities, as well as other entities whose mission is to foster entrepreneurship and student learning.

            “No other association carries the unique distinction of engaging college students as consultants who work under the direct supervision of the local SBI director or faculty to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners,” Wilber said.

            Wilber’s role as president of the SBI is to lead the membership during the year in all matters for adherence to the tenets of the association’s bylaws. She will have the responsibility of representing the views of all members of the organization as well as call and chair all meetings of the executive committee. The president also has the responsibility for appointing members to special and standing committees.

            “It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the national SBI president, as it also brings recognition to Northwestern and to our programs,” Wilber said.

Dr. Patti Wilber 
Dr. Patti Wilber addresses members at the annual meeting of the Small Business Institute.

             “We are known across the nation as a quality institution, and I am pleased to be a part of it and SBI.  For many years, Northwestern and its students have received state and national honors from the SBI.”

            The SBI exists to strengthen the small business/ entrepreneurship sector of the free enterprise system, provide entrepreneurship education and support economic development and diversification through teaching, consulting, training and field research with small businesses and local communities.

            The SBI is the premier organization dedicated to field-based student consulting and outreach to small businesses. Its members are actively involved with small businesses, entrepreneurial firms and organizations in their communities and regions.  

            “With this type of support locally, statewide and nationally we continue to develop and assist entrepreneurs and small business owners who are the backbone of our economy and continue to create new jobs,” Wilber said.

    Wilber will serve with SBI officers and board members from across the United States.  Other officers include president-elect, Stephanie Bardwell, Christopher Newport University; vice president of programs, Michael Harris, East Carolina University; vice president of programs-elect Dianne H.B. Welsh, University of North Carolina; secretary/treasurer, Jeff Shields, University of Southern Maine; vice president of marketing and communications, Paul Belliveau, Rider University; vice president of research and publications, Don Sciglimpaglia, San Diego State University; immediate past president, Ron Cook, Rider University; editor, journal of small business strategy, Paul Stephens, Bradley University; editor, Small Business Institute® Journal, Don Bradley, University of Central Arkansas.  Board members are Charles Matthews, University of Cincinnati; Craig Zamzow, Plymouth State University; and Howard VanAuken, Iowa State University.