Staff Directory

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Ely
Ben Tedore

Ben Tedore

Web Communications Specialist

benjamint@unr.edu
775-682-9135
Ben Tedore
Ben Tedore

Web Communications Specialist

Web Communications Specialist, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2005. He works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Mr. Tedore has specific experience with digital marketing, web development, social media, IT and graphic design. He previously

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775-682-9135
1664 N. Virginia St. Reno NV 89557
Nancy Dahl

Nancy Dahl

Client Intake Specialist

ndahl@unr.edu
(775) 784-1717
Nancy Dahl
Nancy Dahl

Client Intake Specialist

Nancy has worked at the Reno, Nevada SBDC office since 2006 in the capacity of ‘client specialist’. Nancy is the first point of contact for most clients and is responsible for discerning their needs and placing them with the appropriate

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(775) 784-1717
Sam Males

Sam Males

State Director

males@unr.edu
(775) 784-4820
Sam Males
Sam Males

State Director

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 NSBDC proposal to create the program within the College of Business.

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(775) 784-4820
Brian Bonnenfant

Brian Bonnenfant

Project Manger Center for Regional Studies

bonnen@unr.edu
(775) 784-1771
Brian Bonnenfant
Brian Bonnenfant

Project Manger Center for Regional Studies

Brian is the Project Manager for the Center for Regional Studies where he has conducted a wide variety of mapping and analyses at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1994. Brian specializes in spatial analyses including site selection, market area,

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(775) 784-1771
Reno, NV
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch

Director BEP

clynch@unr.edu
(775) 834-3687
Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Director BEP

Chris, Director of the Nevada Business Environmental Program (BEP), has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2010. Mr. Lynch and his consulting team provide assistance to hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs annually on a broad range of issues including

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(775) 834-3687
Reno, NV
Hank Pinto

Henry J. Pinto

Business Development Advisor

pintotax@gmail.com
(702) 722-6336
Hank Pinto
Henry J. Pinto

Business Development Advisor

Located at the SBDC Urban Chamber, Hank is a business advisor and has been since 1994. Hank specializes in Financial Projections and Management, Bookkeeping, Budget, and Business Organization & Structure. Hank also has expertise in Human Resource Management, QuickBooks ProAdvisor,

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(702) 722-6336
Urban Chamber of Commerce Las Vegas
Jake Carrico

Jake Carrico

Business Development Advisor

jcarric2@unr.edu
(775) 327-2335
Jake Carrico
Jake Carrico

Business Development Advisor

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

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(775) 327-2335
Reno, NV
Karen Coe

Karen Coe

Operations Coordinator

karencoe@unr.edu
(775) 327-2340
Karen Coe
Karen Coe

Operations Coordinator

Karen, Operations Coordinator, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2014. She works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Ms. Coe has specific experience with Human Resources, Neoserra, financial analysis, budgeting, grant writing, project management, office fun,

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(775) 327-2340
Reno, NV
Kayla Banda

Kayla Banda

Business Development Advisor

kaylabanda@unr.edu
Kayla Banda
Kayla Banda

Business Development Advisor

Kayla Banda joined the Nevada SBDC as a Marketing Intern in the Spring of 2017. After graduating with a BS in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and an MBA, Kayla now works as a Business Development Advisor. She has specific experience with

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Kathy Halbardier

Rural Business Advisor

kathyshalbardier@gmail.com
Kathy Halbardier

Rural Business Advisor

Kathy Halbardier has over 25 years of experience in small business development as a highly successful entrepreneur as well as a sought-after advisor and trainer by those in all stages of business ownership. Her areas of expertise include business plan

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Tamera Brown

Tamera Brown

Eastern Region Small Business Counselor

tamerabrown@unr.edu
(775) 772-2891
Tamera Brown
Tamera Brown

Eastern Region Small Business Counselor

Tamera has been a business advisor with the Nevada SBDC since 2010 and enjoys working with rural businesses and tribes. Tamera graduated with a MBA with a specialization in Marketing from Regis University in 2015. She possesses outstanding communication and

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(775) 772-2891
Ely
Kevin Raiford

Kevin Raiford

Business Development Advisor

kevin.raiford@csn.edu
(702) 285-7003
Kevin Raiford
Kevin Raiford

Business Development Advisor

Kevin is the Nevada SBDC Nevada Grow Manager, which is an intuitive that provides data and analysis for companies to grow their business. He began his work with the SBDC in 2011. Kevin teaches Management and accounting courses at the

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(702) 285-7003
Las Vegas
Rick Lattin

Rick Lattin

Mgmt. Consultant

sbdc@ceda-nv.org
(775) 423-8587
Rick Lattin
Rick Lattin

Mgmt. Consultant

(775) 423-8587
Fallon
Sara

Sara Beebe

Business Development Specialist

sara@cedaattracts.com
(775) 423-8587
Sara
Sara Beebe

Business Development Specialist

Sara, Administrative Assistant for the Churchill Economic Development Authority has been with the SBDC since 2016 as an advisor in Fallon, NV. Sara has worked in retail/customer service, and marketing with social media platforms as well as other online services.

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(775) 423-8587
Fallon
Winnie Dowling

Winnie Dowling

Deputy State Director

wdowling@unr.edu
(775) 327-2334
Winnie Dowling
Winnie Dowling

Deputy State Director

Winnie, Deputy 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

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(775) 327-2334
Reno
shelley

Shelley Hartmann

Executive Director for Mineral County Economic Development Authority

shelley.hartmann@icloud.com
(775) 945-5896
shelley
Shelley Hartmann

Executive Director for Mineral County Economic Development Authority

Shelley is the current Executive Director for Mineral County Economic Development Authority, a Nevada private non-profit. Shelley has been there since 2004 and has worked on both the government and business side of planning. She and her husband own a

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(775) 945-5896
Hawthorne
Sandra

Sandra Rentas

Business Development Advisor

srentas@unr.edu
(775) 682-9133
Sandra
Sandra Rentas

Business Development Advisor

Bio coming soon...

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(775) 682-9133
Reno
Zach

Zach Miles

Associate Vice President for Economic Development at UNLV and Director, Small Business Development Center at UNLV

Zach.Miles@unlv.edu
702-895-5200
Zach
Zach Miles

Associate Vice President for Economic Development at UNLV and Director, Small Business Development Center at UNLV

Zach Miles serves as the Associate Vice President. Miles also serves as the Director of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNLV and Executive Director for the UNLV Research Foundation.

In these capacities, Miles manages the assessment, protection, and

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702-895-5200
Las Vegas
Rod

Rod Jorgensen

Senior Business Development Advisor

rodj@unr.edu
(775) 327-2339
Rod
Rod Jorgensen

Senior Business Development Advisor

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

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(775) 327-2339
Reno
Caroline

Caroline McIntosh

Rural Business Development Advisor

cmcintosh@unr.edu
775-293-0550
Caroline
Caroline McIntosh

Rural Business Development Advisor

Caroline is a White Pine County native and retired Nevada educator. Throughout her career in K-12 education, Caroline held positions including teacher, principal at Mt. High School at Ely State Prison, Nevada’s only maximum-security institution, Assistant Superintendent of White Pine

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775-293-0550
Eric Florio

Eric Florio

Air Quality Specialist

eflorio@unr.edu
775-834-3674
Eric Florio
Eric Florio

Air Quality Specialist

Eric Florio joined the BEP in January as our new Air Quality Specialist Business Advisor.  Eric will work out
of BEP’s office in Reno and will provide air quality assistance statewide under our new contract with the
Nevada Division of

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775-834-3674
6100 Neil Road, Suite 200 Reno, Nevada 89511
Courtney

Courtney Sweetin

Business Development Advisor

courtneysweetin@gmail.com
(702) 344-5502
Courtney
Courtney Sweetin

Business Development Advisor

Courtney Sweetin became a Nevada SBDC counselor in summer of 2018. She lives and works in Mesquite and has called the beautiful Virgin Valley home for the past five years. Courtney has an undergraduate degree in education from

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George Kleeb

George Kleeb

Business Development Advisor

george.kleeb@gbcnv.edu
(800) 240-7094
George Kleeb
George Kleeb

Business Development Advisor

Throughout my 28 year career in commercial banking, at the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and now teaching at Great Basin College, I love listening to business ideas. Business ideas need to be nurtured...so they can develop to their full

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(800) 240-7094
Elko
Diana Moreno

Diana Moreno

Economic Development Specialist and Bilingual Business Advisor

diana.moreno@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
Diana Moreno
Diana Moreno

Economic Development Specialist and Bilingual Business Advisor

Diana Moreno is the Economic Development Specialist and Bilingual Business Advisor at UNLV Office of Economic Development’s Nevada SBDC office. She has a passion for helping people start or expand their business and understanding their credit. She spent the majority

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Carlos Mejia Castillo

Carlos Mejia Castillo

Business Development Advisor

carlos.mejiacastillo@unlv.edu
(702) 895-5019
Carlos Mejia Castillo
Carlos Mejia Castillo

Business Development Advisor

Carlos Mejia is a new Business Development Advisor in the Las Vegas office. He has been with the SBDC for over a year first, as an intern and has now transitioned into a full time position. Carlos recently graduated from

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Brad Scribner

Brad Scribner

Made in Nevada Associate Project Coordinator

bscribner@unr.edu
775-327-2335
Brad Scribner
Brad Scribner

Made in Nevada Associate Project Coordinator

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

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775-327-2335
Tony Salazar

Tony Salazar

Small Business Advisor

pas1520@gmail.com
Tony Salazar
Tony Salazar

Small Business Advisor

Small Business Advisor has been with the SBDC since 2020. His office is at the Urban Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Salazar is one of our many Spanish – English Speaking advisors and has expertise in Startups, Sales, Marketing, Banking,

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Duke

Duke Nishimura

Business Development Advisor

dukenishi@gmail.com
(775) 784-6879
Duke
Duke Nishimura

Business Development Advisor

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 business management, entrepreneurship, international business, and business consulting.

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(775) 784-6879
Anabel

Anabel Navarro

Business Development Advisor

anabelnavarro@unr.edu
(702) 606-4711
Anabel
Anabel Navarro

Business Development Advisor

Small Business Advisor, has been with the Nevada SBDC since 2014. Her office locations are at the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce and at the Nevada Cooperative Extension. Mrs. Navarro speaks Spanish-English and has expertise in Small Business creation,

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(702) 606-4711
NEVADA SBDC URBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1951 STELLA LAKE STREET, SUITE 32 LAS VEGAS, NV 89106