SPOKANE, Wash. — Brett Rogers, a certified economic developer, has been named associate director of the statewide network of Small Business Development Centers housed at Washington State University Spokane.
“Brett has skills and abilities that will help the SBDC network move to the next level of accomplishments,” said Carolyn Clark, director of the statewide SBDC and a professor of economics at WSU.
Rogers comes to the SBDC from the Columbia River Economic Development Council where he served as director of business expansion and retention. Prior to that, he held other positions around the state of Washington in economic development, served as assistant director of WSU’s Office of International Programs and worked in the private sector in forest products.
He holds a master’s degree in international management (received with honors) from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
The SBDC provides no-charge confidential counseling and low-cost training to current and prospective small business owners. It is a cooperative effort of WSU and its College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University, community colleges, economic development organizations and the U.S. Small Business Administration.