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Sam Males

Director of the Nevada Small Business Development center, manages 14 statewide offices that provide a wide array of technical assistance to Nevada’s businesses. In 1985, Males wrote the original Nevada SBDC proposal to create the program within the College of Business. The program began with three centers and a budget of $375,000. The program has excelled in leveraging its university budget through numerous federal, state, and local government grants and contracts. Currently the program has 14 statewide offices with total program resources that exceed $4,000,000. In 2016, Nevada SBDC counseled 1300 new clients that started 130 new businesses and added approximately 600 new jobs to the state’s economy. These clients received $56.4M in capital financing to assist them start/grow their business. To further support Nevada’s existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in 2016, the Nevada SBDC conducted 236 training programs which attracted nearly 1500 attendees. Under Males’ leadership, the Nevada SBDC program has been able to accomplish this growth through the development of a wide variety of federal, state, and local partnerships. These partnerships have (both financially and programmatic) allowed Nevada SBDC services to be delivered to the business communities throughout the state: small businesses and large corporations; urban and rural businesses; minority and women owned businesses; existing and start-up businesses, etc.

In addition to its excellent reputation within the state, Males through his outreach activities at the national level, has established the Nevada SBDC as one of the premier SBDCs in the country. These activities include:

Elected by his peers as the President of the national Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). The ASBDC, which oversees combined state and federal resources of $300 million, has over 1,000 national offices and provides assistance to over 700,000 entrepreneurs annually, is the largest business assistance network in the country.

He has provided testimony as an expert witness to the Small Business Committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives. He provided testimony to Congress on ASBDC issues and also provided expert testimony on business regulatory relief initiatives.

He was selected and served on Microsoft’s 13 member national Small Business Technology Council. The Council provided input to Microsoft’s top management on small business issues.

Males was selected by a national advisory group to represent small businesses on the Public Entity Risk Institute’s (PERI) five member Board of Directors. PERI is a nationally recognized, nonmember, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide high quality technical services, training and education on risk management issues to public entities, nonprofits and small businesses. In January of 2004-2006, Males was elected to be Chairman of the Board.

Males was selected and served as a member of the Forum of State and Tribal Toxic Action (FOSTA), a national advisory committee of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS). Males represented small businesses on pollution prevention issues.

Currently, Males serves on the University of Nevada, Reno’s Outreach and Economic Development Committees.

Prior to his work as State Director of the Nevada SBDC, Males was the Director and Operations Manager of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), now merged into the Nevada SBDC in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. During this tenure with the BBER, Males had the opportunity to work as a business consultant for both large corporations and many small businesses.

Males holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Westmister College in Pennsylvania and a MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a current member of Beta Gamma Sigma.