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Waubonsee’s Small Business Center Helps Propel Clients to Excellence

The winners of the Business Ledger’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards have a lot in common, including business savvy, the drive to succeed and a passion for economic development. But three of them have something more specific in common — they have all worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Waubonsee Community College.

Honored in the “Early Stage” category as a business that shows great promise and achievement was the Global Women’s Leadership Forum and CEO Maureen O’Brien. Established in 2011 to inspire and share best practices with women’s business resource groups in Fortune 100 and 500 companies, the Leadership Forum has worked with the SBDC to manage its growth and create a more scalable business.

“Innovation” winner Steve Gaspardo, of Gaspardo & Associates, worked with the SBDC to procure a private investor and bank financing for his new ComScan product, which reduces time and increases accuracy in the measurement and inspection of manufacturing components.

Joe Abraham has not received services from the SBDC; instead, he has helped provide them, picking up the “Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs” award in the process. In addition to using Abraham’s “Entrepreneurial DNA” system when working with potential and current business owners, the SBDC also worked with Abraham and several other partners to found the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center.