SBDC Business Advisor – Minority Owned Business Development
Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of McLean Co. at Illinois Wesleyan University
The Business Advisor position is a 14-month part time position that is funded by the SBA CARES Act. The person selected for the position will be expected to consult and support small business needs caused by COVID-19 pandemic within the Black/African-American, Asian, Latinx, and Hispanic small businesses of McLean County mainly in Bloomington-Normal. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish will be greatly advantageous.
This position reports to the Director of the SBDC and works closely with the Assistant Director to help ensure the success of the Center's consulting services. The emphasis of the position will be to provide outreach services for small business needs including continuity of operations, workplace health and safety protection, marketing and website integration, financial statement analysis, and cybersecurity protection. The position will also provide consultation for entrepreneurs interested in starting-up new businesses within the specific populations.
Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)
Works closely with the Center’s Director in providing 10-12 per week confidential one-on-one consulting sessions primarily for existing small businesses and start-up opportunities in the areas of: business plan development, financial analysis, accounting, spreadsheet application and planning, business management and operations, marketing, human resources, minor issues related intellectual property, technology, commercialization, government contracting, international trade, and other subject-matter requested by entrepreneurs.
Communicates to the Assistant Director any small businesses that request academic student internships, projects, and research opportunities that will help their small business or startup success.
Works closely with a student intern that markets and networks specifically to the Black/African-American, Asian, Latino, and Hispanic populations within Bloomington-Normal.
Travels to various locations within McLean County to assist clients with business consultation; however, virtual consultation may be required.
Determines monthly seminars/webinars needed for small businesses and coordinates events with the Center’s Program Coordinator and Student Intern.
Surveys seminar attendees and reports the results to SBDC Program Coordinator.
Collaborates effectively and fosters synergistic relationships with small business clients and village mayors.
Inputs all consultation meeting notes into the State database system, Neoserra.
Provides consultations and outcomes within a confidential environment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Minimum ten years of business experience in the areas of marketing, financial/accounting, operations, economics, and/or human resources.
Speaks and writes Spanish fluently
Effective in communication and collaboration; motivated to work in team-based environment.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and easily relates to all walks of life.
Excellent planning/organizing skills.
Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited academic institution in, Business Administration, Accountancy, Economics, Marketing, Hispanic Studies, or African-American Studies.
VARIOUS business experiences through internships, industry positions, small business, and teaching.
Valid Illinois driver’s license and must have a drivable vehicle.
Employment type: Part-time (28 hours/week)
Application Process: Please download the application at www.iwu.edu/human-resources/Positions.html. Feel free to also include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.