Nevada SBDC Team

Ben Tedore

Web Communications Specialist

benjamint@unr.edu
775-682-9135
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

Kelli Kelly

Business Development Advisor

kelli.m.kelly@gmail.com
(775) 423-8587
Kelli Kelly

Business Development Advisor

Kelli Kelly has lived nine lives--she dabbled in higher education, ran away on a tallship, cooked on dive boats in the Bahamas, and ultimately earned a degree in the Culinary Arts. After moving to Fallon, Nevada, Kelli found her calling

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Jamie Schwartz

UNLV Blackfire Innovation, Director of Industry and Business Engagement

Jamie.Schwartz@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Jamie Schwartz

UNLV Blackfire Innovation, Director of Industry and Business Engagement

Lead Business Advisor for the SBDC and Las Vegas native, Jamie Schwartz, works at our BlackFire Innovation location in Las Vegas. With a background in business consulting, valuation analysis, financial analysis, banking, commercial real estate and business sales and acquisitions

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Sam Males

State Director

males@unr.edu
(775) 784-4820
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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 Nevada SBDC proposal to create the program within the College of

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(775) 784-4820
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Brian Bonnenfant

Project Manger Center for Regional Studies

bonnen@unr.edu
(775) 784-1771
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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
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Chris Lynch

Director BEP

clynch@unr.edu
(775) 834-3687
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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

Jake Carrico

Business Development Advisor

jcarric2@unr.edu
(775) 327-2335
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
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Karen Coe

Operations Coordinator

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

Operations Coordinator

Karen Coe, is the Operations Manager 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,

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(775) 327-2340
Reno, NV

Kayla Banda

Business Development Advisor

kaylabanda@unr.edu
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
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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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Sara Beebe

Business Development Specialist

sara@cedaattracts.com
(775) 423-8587
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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
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Winnie Dowling

Deputy State Director

wdowling@unr.edu
(775) 327-2334
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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
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Sandra Rentas

Business Development Advisor

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

Business Development Advisor

Bio coming soon...

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(775) 682-9133
Reno
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Rod Jorgensen

Senior Business Development Advisor

rodj@unr.edu
(775) 327-2339
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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
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Caroline McIntosh

Rural Business Development Advisor

cmcintosh@unr.edu
775-293-0550
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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
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Eric Florio

Air Quality Specialist

eflorio@unr.edu
775-834-3674
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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
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George Kleeb

Business Development Advisor

george.kleeb@gbcnv.edu
(775) 327-2191
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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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(775) 327-2191
Elko
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Carlos Mejia Castillo

Business Development Advisor

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

Made in Nevada Associate Project Coordinator

bscribner@unr.edu
775-327-2335
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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
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Holland Wood

Business Development Advisor

holland.wood@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Holland Wood

Business Development Advisor

Holland Wood is a Small Business Advisor with the Nevada SBDC since 2020. His office is in the Blackfire Innovation Center, the first flagship tech hub in the 122-acre UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park. During his 20+ year

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Duke Nishimura

Business Development Advisor

dukenishi@gmail.com
(775) 784-6879
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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

Lisa Tolliver

Training Coordinator

lgilbert@unr.edu
Lisa Tolliver

Training Coordinator

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

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Albert Delgado

Business Development Advisor

Albert.delgado@unlv.edu
702-895-5019
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Albert Delgado

Business Development Advisor

Albert Delgado is a Business Development Advisor at the BlackFire Innovation location in Las Vegas. He has been involved with many facets of consumer and business lending and provides a background in banking, credit, financial literacy, cash flow, financial reports,

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702-895-5019
Blackfire Innovation Center
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Anabel Navarro

Business Development Advisor

anabelnavarro@unr.edu
(702) 606-4711
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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 Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Navarro speaks Spanish-English and has expertise in Small Business

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