Madison Shirley

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Madison, Statewide Client Coordinator, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2016 as an administrative intern and transitioned to a full-time role post-graduation. She graduated summa cum laude as the College of Liberal Arts Senior Scholar in 2022 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in History from the University of Nevada, Reno. As a

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Lisa Tolliver

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Lisa Tolliver grew up in Las Vegas, earned her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Nevada, and completed her M.Ed in Higher Education from UNLV in 2019. Prior to joining us, she has served as a Recruiter and Trainer across the private and public sectors for the past ten years. Ms. Gilbert is

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Duke Nishimura

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Duke joined the Nevada SBDC in 2020 as a Consulting Director for the Black Rock Incubator and then as a Business Advisor in the University of Nevada, Reno office. Duke’s experience includes serial entrepreneurship, business management, international business, and business consulting. He has been President/CEO of 6 international companies, 3 C-Corps, 1 S-Corps, 8 LLCs,

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Brad Scribner

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Born and raised in Nevada, Brad graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2015 with a degree in Journalism. He is passionate about his work with small businesses, and loves nothing more than connecting, promoting, and supporting the entrepreneurs that drive the Silver State’s thriving economy. On the weekends you can catch him at

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Rod Jorgensen

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Rod is the Senior Business Development Advisor for the Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC), located in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. Rod has been the Senior Business Development Advisor since he arrived to Reno in the fall of 1990. As such, he provides oversight with counseling efforts statewide,

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Winnie Dowling

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Winnie Dowling, State Director, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 1991. She works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Ms. Dowling has an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems. Ms. Dowling has specific experience with proposal development, financial analysis, budgeting, human resources, grant writing, project management, and operation

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Karen Coe

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Karen Coe, is the Interim Assistant State Director for the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and the Project Manager for Made in Nevada. She has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2014 and works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Ms. Coe has a M.S. in Psychology and an undergraduate degree in

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Jake Carrico

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Jake, Business Development Advisor, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2013. He works in the Reno office. Jake has experience in preparing financial projections and valuations for small businesses, conducting financial analyses, drafting and reviewing business plans, creating marketing strategies and assisting with the startup process. Jake has his BS in Business Administration with

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