Charlie Penner SBDC

Charlie Penner

Regional Director- Greater Washtenaw Region


Charlie has been the Regional Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center – Greater Washtenaw Region since 2002. In that capacity he has directly counseled, or overseen the counseling of, hundreds of local small businesses.

He has developed and presented numerous small business training sessions and participated in many varied entrepreneurship support activities. Charlie has also taught a variety of small business and entrepreneurship classes at EMU, WCC and U-M.

Charlie currently serves on the Washtenaw County Workforce Development Board, and the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chamber Board, and is Board Chair for Think Local First of Washtenaw County.

Prior to joining the MI-SBDC, Charlie was the Director of Consulting Services at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work. In addition, he was a senior consultant with Plante Moran and held several management positions with the Gartner Group. Charlie holds an MPPM from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Hampshire College.