LEWISTON, Idaho – Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Region II Director, Barbara Leachman, was recognized as the Idaho State Star at the recent America’s Small Business Development Center conference in Dallas, Texas. Katie Sewell, State Director for Idaho SBDC, said Leachman was selected “for her stellar performance assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the North Central Idaho region.” In 2013, Leachman helped clients increase their sales by close to $2 million, helped clients add 20 new jobs, and helped entrepreneurs open nine new businesses.
The Region II SBDC is hosted by Lewis-Clark State College where students interact with Idaho SBDC clients for class projects. The Region II office serves businesses in Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties with no-cost business consulting and affordable trainings. Yearly statistical analyses by David Chrisman, a business researcher, show that Idaho SBDC clients consistently outperform the average Idaho small business.
Leachman has a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and a Masters in Business Education. Her work experience includes government lending and grants, bookkeeping, program development, operations management, consulting, real estate development, and teaching. She specializes in business planning, real estate, feasibility, raising capital, accounting, operations, human resources, and small business management.
Photo: Barbara Leachman (right) receives her award from Katie Sewell.