MI-SBDC Promotes Joshua Billington to Statewide Disaster Response Manager

May 14, 2020 - 4 minutes read

MI-SBDC Promotes Joshua Billington to Statewide Disaster Response Manager
New Position is Part of SBDC’s Continued Relief Efforts for Small Businesses

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (MAY 14) — The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced the promotion of Joshua Billington, CGBP, MBA to the position of Disaster Response Manager. Billington’s new role includes the management and implementation of a Small Business Administration (SBA) grant awarded to the Michigan SBDC to aid small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Michigan SBDC is working tirelessly to provide guidance to small businesses as they navigate relief funding, adjust operations and plan for the future of their business,” said JD Collins, State Director of Michigan SBDC. “The SBDC’s goal is to provide small businesses with the support they need to respond, recover, and prevail. The Disaster Response Manager will play a key role in leading the SBDC’s service delivery in response to COVID-19.”

The Michigan SBDC provides no-cost consulting, business education, secondary market research, and technology commercialization to new and existing businesses throughout Michigan’s 83 counties. Mr. Billington, a resident of Sault Ste. Marie, MI was promoted to this role after serving six years as a Senior Business Consultant with the Upper Peninsula Region for Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce Counties. He will continue to work remotely from the U.P. in the new role.

“We’re thrilled that Josh Billington will remain in the area and continue to assist with some of his active projects until a full-time replacement is hired,” said Laura Marohnic, Regional Director for the Upper Peninsula SBDC. Lance Wolfe, Senior Business Consultant from the Central U.P., and Laura Marohnic will be assisting new clients and filling in with the region’s small business’s needs during this transition period. The Upper Peninsula Region SBDC is actively contracting additional business consultants and specialists to meet the increase in demand for SBDC services during COVID-19.

The Upper Peninsula SBDC team remains ready and available to help small businesses respond to COVID-19. The SBDC has set up a COVID-19 page with small business support options (https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/) and a Disaster Loan Help page, (https://sbdcmichigan.org/disaster-loan-help/).

To access a webinar series on current topics (managing cash flow in a time of crisis, marketing, human resource issues in a time of crisis) visit (https://clients.sbdcmichigan.org/Events.aspx?mode=0&area=Alger+County&zip=&miles=25&center=39060&topicnum=33&days=360&sort=M&layout=0).

About the Michigan SBDC: The Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC) provides consulting, business education, market research and technology commercialization to new and existing businesses throughout Michigan’s 83 counties. Michigan SBDC services are available through the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Entrepreneurs and small business owners may access the services of their nearest Michigan SBDC by visiting www.sbdcmichigan.org.

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