KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PASBDC) announced John Stetler as the new director of Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (KUSBDC) on Sept. 14. Stetler will succeed Sonya Smith, who has been serving as center director and associate state director for over two years. The KUSBDC is one of 16 centers in Pennsylvania and serves small businesses and entrepreneurs in Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties.
Stetler joins the Kutztown University SBDC with over 15 years of experience working with businesses and organizations, helping to increase profitability, productivity, improve company culture, and business growth. Also, Stetler worked in management, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, project change management, and business operations.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Kutztown University SBDC to continue to provide services to the community and help entrepreneurs start, grow, and prosper their businesses and achieve their dreams. It’s a great feeling to give back to the community,” said Stetler.
In his new role, Stetler has primary responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) funded programs of the KUSBDC. He will identify resource requirements and strategies to deliver such programs and services, secure and maintain the funding necessary to operate and sustain KUSBDC and accomplish program goals and objectives. Additionally, Stetler will consult aspiring start-ups, growth companies and businesses looking for disaster recovery within the Kutztown SBDC’s region.
“With John’s background with program and staff development, also proposal and audit experience, the center is excited to bring him on board to continue to support the five-county region KUSBDC serves,” said Sonya Smith, Associate State Director of the PASBDC.
Previously held positions include Director of Business Operations for a private engineering firm with projects throughout the U.S. and Manager of budget and entrepreneurship programs for Montgomery County Community College’s workforce development and continuing education departments.
About the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PASBDC)
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) supports the economic development of Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs and small businesses with individual consultations, comprehensive education, and information necessary to help their businesses start, grow, and prosper. SBDCs deliver consulting services and educational programs through a network of 16 locations across Pennsylvania SBDC. Consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with issues including new business development, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDCs also address concerns about navigating and recovering during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional services include helping with disaster loan applications, long-term planning, economic loss estimations, and business preparedness. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDC services and impact, please visit www.pasbdc.org.