Kellie Hanford

Capital Team

Capital Region – Lansing Community College
309 N Washington Square Ste 115 | PO Box 40010
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-1921 / hanfork@lcc.edu

As a consultant Kellie’s main goal is to guide business owners through the twist and turns of business ownership. Working the start-up business ventures with 1 to 5 employees is what makes up her client base.   Prior to coming to the SBDC, she assisted 10+ years with the family Quarter Horse Farm by showing and promoting the operation throughout Mid-Michigan.  Kellie is passionate when it comes to assisting businesses thrive in our local communities. Eat, Shop, Live Local!

Areas of Expertise: New Business Development, Business Planning, and Marketing

Tom Donaldson

Capital Team

Capital Region – Lansing Community College
309 N Washington Square Ste 115 | PO Box 40010
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-1921 / donaldt2@lcc.edu

Tom is an experienced business executive with broad knowledge of all aspects of small business management including marketing, operations, accounting, and IT.  Prior to joining SBDC, he spent 20+ years in industry working in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing sectors.  Since joining the Small Business Development Center, Tom has enjoyed working with growing companies, turnaround situations, and assisting business owners with financial forecasting and budgeting.

Areas of Expertise: Financial Management, Business Loans, and operations

Laurie Lonsdorf

Capital Team

Capital Region – Lansing Community College
309 N Washington Square Ste 115 | PO Box 40010
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 483-1921 / lonsdorl@lcc.edu

Laurie channels her first-hand experience as a former business owner into a passion for helping others to start up, run and market their companies. For 12 years she ran Persuasive Communications, her marketing consultancy located in Seattle, where she created hundreds of strategic marketing and branding projects for companies of all shapes and sizes. While she has worked with many of that area’s behemoths, it’s the “little guys” she always got the biggest charge out of helping, seeing how small, consistent marketing changes could dramatically impact their bottom lines. Today Laurie provides one-on-one business counseling and delivers a range of business training focused on startup and marketing issues, including Marketing Mondays lunch & learn series, Branding Toolkit for the Small Business Owner, Working for Yourself, Turn Your Hobby into a Business and Learn to Network Like a Pro.

Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Copywriting, and Networking

Dan Brophy

Business Growth Team

(313) 460-1731 / brophyd@gvsu.edu

Dan joined the SBDC after many years in commercial banking in the Detroit area.  His background includes several years running his own financial services company.  Dan has also taught Corporate Finance at the college level.  Dan has a degree in finance from Georgetown University and a MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Areas of Expertise: Strategic planning, corporate financial planning and raising capital.

Michael Gay

Business Growth Team

810-923-0165 / Michael_Gay@gvsu.edu

With over 3 decades’ experience working with, for and on businesses of all sizes, Mike has a passion for helping small businesses succeed and prosper. An author and entrepreneur, Mike specializes in helping small businesses secure commercial financing, implement processes and procedures designed to facilitate growth and profitability, and understand the tenants of Value-Based Management (VBM).

Areas of Expertise: Finance. Planning. Value-Based Management.

Kathy Miller, PHR, CPLP

Business Growth Team

(517) 488-8900 / milleka1@gvsu.edu

Kathy Miller, PHR, CPLP is an organizational development professional with over 20 years’ experience in the higher education, non-profit, and agricultural sectors.  She is passionate about helping Michigan businesses grow through strategic planning, process improvement, talent management, and training.

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning

Julie Oldham

Business Growth Team

(586) 254-4296 / oldhamju@gvsu.edu

Julie Oldham, CPA, CGMA as the business growth specialist with the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office, Grand Rapids, Julie Oldham serves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties’ small businesses. SBDC, a statewide organization, provides no-cost assistance and counseling to growing companies with revenues in excess of one million dollars and nine or more employees.  She analyzes a company’s financial performance to determine impending issues in the next stage of growth.  Julie provides strategic analysis and information on international exporting and SBA loans.

Areas of Expertise: Hospitality, Exporting, Accounting, and Finance

James Rowley

Great Lakes Bay Team

Michigan SBDC – Great Lakes Bay Region
Saginaw Valley State University
Scott L. Carmona College of Business
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
jrowley@svsu.edu

James’s education included a MBA from the University of Michigan. He has over 35 years of experience and has been a part owner of retail and wholesale businesses. James has been a consultant with the MI-SBDC for the last 21 years.

Areas of Expertise: Restaurants, Retail/Wholesale, Business Purchases

Charlie Penner

Greater Washtenaw Team

Greater Washtenaw Region – Washtenaw Community College
4800 East Huron River Dr
Morris Lawrence Building, Room 104
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 477-8762 / cpenner@wccnet.edu

Charlie has been a Regional Director within the MI-SBDC system for over 14 years.  His management consulting career also includes stops at Plante Moran, Gartner Group and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.  Charlie has taught at U-M, EMU and Washtenaw Community College.  He holds a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University.   

Areas of Expertise: Professional Services, Social Enterprise, and Quirky Businesses

Ron Stevens

Greater Washtenaw Team

Greater Washtenaw Region – Washtenaw Community College
4800 East Huron River Dr
Morris Lawrence Building, Room 104
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 477-8762 / rostevens@wccnet.edu

Ron’s current position with the SBDC started in 2007, as a Senior Business Consultant, in the Greater Washtenaw Region where he’s helped guide hundreds of businesses through the startup process and beyond. Ron was promoted to Associate Regional Director in 2013. In addition, he has also received professional certification as a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional and is part of the SBDC’s State Export Assistance Team.

Areas of Expertise: Retail, Restaurants, Breweries, Budgeting, and Exporting

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