The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) State Director Keith Brophy announced that Sandra Cochrane has been selected as the 2016 State Star of the MI-SBDC. This award honors an individual who is an exemplary performer, makes a significant contribution to their State and Regional SBDC programs, and shows a strong commitment to small businesses.
“We are incredibly excited to recognize Sandra Cochrane as the 2016 State Star,” commented Brophy. “Her commitment to serving small businesses and the impact she has helped create truly embodies the characteristics of the State Star award.”
Cochrane, a Technology Business Consultant, began her career with the MI-SBDC in 2008, working with a wide variety of startups and existing businesses, and has proven to be an invaluable asset to the team. She has recently created a core competency in crowd funding and is a valuable resource on this subject.
Throughout her time working with small businesses at the MI-SBDC, Cochrane has generated a total capital formation of $102,764,402 including loans, owner investment, and other capital, has helped businesses create 180 jobs, retain 34 jobs, and helped 14 different businesses launch.
Her commitment to her clients is extremely prevalent. Cochrane’s knowledge allows her to bring relevant information and support to whoever is in need. She has been teaching an entrepreneurship class at Western Michigan University to give back to young entrepreneurs.
Cochrane is well respected by both her colleagues and clients. Her passion for helping others is evident as she teaches new skills to her colleagues through internal training. She is open and willing to share past experiences and insight she has gained during her years at the MI-SBDC. Cochrane finds personal satisfaction when she sees others succeed, which is exemplified in the significant impact she has had across the State.
Cochrane received her award at the 2016 America’s Small Business Development Center Annual Conference, held in Orlando this September.