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SBDC Business Consultant

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Work type: Full-time, Part-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Outreach Specialist
Business Title: SBDC Business Consultant
Employment Class: Academic Staff
FTE: 0.75 - 1.0
Compensation: $55,500 - $60,800 base salary (prorated by FTE)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Annual, Fixed-term renewable
Position Summary:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) represents a significant outreach effort, offering valuable expertise and resources to prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners located throughout a six (6) county region of east central Wisconsin. The Wisconsin SBDC at UW Oshkosh is part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting, training, and educational programs. Local SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful enterprises. The Wisconsin SBDC Network serves over 5,000 clients per year across 14 locations.

This position is a non-teaching, part-time, calendar year academic staff position reporting to the Director of the SBDC at UW Oshkosh, with additional reporting responsibilities through the UW System's Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship.

The Outreach Specialist delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


Standard Job Responsibilities:

• Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
• Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
• Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
• Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
• Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
• May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
• Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers

Detailed Job Responsibilities:

Business Consulting/Advising (80%)

  • Provide one-on-one confidential consulting, training, and educational support to entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers.
  • Analyze situations, make recommendations, and educate clients in regard to a variety of topics that include business planning/expansion, entity formation, marketing and sales, human resources, financial viability, and operations management.
  • Analyze business/personal financial statements to assist clients in need of capital; help prepare financial statements such as income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow projections.
  • Maintain an appropriate mix of clients as noted in annual goals and developed to support strategic plan objectives of the state organization.
  • Meet core Small Business Administration (SBA) metrics connected to consulting performance.
  • Document all consulting information into the electronic information system (Center iC) in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner. Maintain information as required by the SBA.
  • Complete SBDC Capital Access Clinic financial training and support qualified clients through the process of preparing financial statements.

Stakeholder and Community Outreach (10%)

  • Work with local city and county economic and community development organizations including, but not limited to, Chambers of Commerce, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp (WWBIC), the Wisconsin Business Development (WBD), SCORE, and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) to leverage resources and create an integrated array of programs and services for business owners and professionals.
  • Build relationships with local small business lenders including banks, credit unions and economic development institutions to encourage client referrals for assisting with business plans or financial projections as a step towards securing capital.
  • Develop productive working relationships with faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh, with leaders and members of business and professional organizations, and with other SBDC personnel throughout Wisconsin.
  • Represent UW Oshkosh and the SBDC by presenting small business-related seminars and/or webinars using standardized materials, visuals and guidelines of the SBDC and University.

Other Duties and Responsibilities (10%)

  • Participate in all internal meetings and other meetings and/or training through UW Oshkosh.
  • Represent SBDC and UW Oshkosh through external meetings and initiatives as appointed.
  • Support organizational improvement efforts through active involvement with committees, special projects, center reviews and various assessments as directed by the state office.
  • Participate in the required professional development each year.
  • Engage with regional and state networks on planning and program development as necessary.
  • Coordinate students working on projects for eligible small business owners.
  • Other duties as assigned by the SBDC Director at UW Oshkosh. 
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of economic or entrepreneurial development; business ownership and management.
  • Ability to maintain flexible hours that includes some evenings and weekends when necessary, to support SBDC clients, activities, and events.
  • Ability to remain adaptable and flexible to different situations and changes.
  • Ability to learn new systems, software, and processes quickly.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Bachelor's degree in business or a related field.
  • Master’s degree preferred, especially in a business-related field.
  • Experience in advising entrepreneurs and/or small businesses.
  • Experience in owning and/or managing a small business.
  • Demonstrated local economic development, community, and business relationships.
  • Experience preparing business plans and preparing financial statements.
  • Knowledge of public and private funding sources for small businesses.
  • Financial institution and/or product commercialization experience desirable.
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application: Cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by March 27, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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