Bruce Thompson

The U.S. Small Business Administration appointed local state senator Bruce Thompson to the National Small Business Development Centers Advisory Board Wednesday.

The SBDC Advisory Board is appointed to advise, counsel, and confer with the Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Development Centers in carrying out the SBDC program under Section 21 of the Small Business Act.

The SBA’s SBDC program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state, and local governments to deliver counseling, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management through its more than 900 centers nationwide. SBDCs play an essential role in the economic development of their states and local communities through their direct, face-to-face counseling of small businesses. SBDCs impact on small business access to SBA’s programs and services, including access to SBA capital, procurement, disaster assistance, and international trade programs.