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February 2011

Dr. William Carter Named OSBDC State Director


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William Carter was recently named state director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.

Dr. William D. Carter is certainly no stranger to success in the field of small business development.

His background and experience made him the perfect choice for the position of State Director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC). Carter assumed his new duties in February.

He isresponsible for the day-to-day operations of the OSBDC Network, which includes college and university-based small business centers in Oklahoma. Southeastern Oklahoma State University houses the state office for the OSBDC program.

Carter has more than 25 years of experience as a director/deputy director in small business administration and as an entrepreneur and small business owner.

He served as State Director of the Oregon (4 1/2 years) and Hawaii (2 1/2 years) Small Business Development Centers. In both positions, Carter grew funding, was successful in maintaining matching funding via the state legislatures during years of state budgetary challenges, and found additional funding sources from new federal, state regional, and local partners.

Most recently, Carter served as Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Earlier in his career, Carter enjoyed success as an entrepreneur and small business owner. Northwest Computer Learning Centers, Inc., was founded in 1981 by Carter in Salem, Ore. The company provides training and organizational development in information technology. He sold the business in 2000.

Carter holds a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Training and Organizational Development. He is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Administrative control and support services for the OSBDC Network is provided through the State Office at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

OSBDC network offices are located at East Central University, Ada; Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Muskogee, and satellite office in Tulsa; Northwestern University, Alva, Enid, and satellite office in Ponca City; Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford and satellite office in Lawton; University of Central Oklahoma, office in Oklahoma City; Langston University, office in Oklahoma City; and Rose State College, Midwest City.

Since 1984, the OSBDC has grown to become the state's most comprehensive business assistance network and has helped more 150,000 Oklahomans realize their dream. By combining state, federal, and university support, the OSBDC has significantly impacted Oklahoma's economy through business start-ups, expansions, and sustainability.

Oklahoma's new and established businesses are the foundation of Oklahoma's economy. It is the mission of the OSBDC to ensure that all Oklahomans have access to professional and confidential business counseling, educational workshops, and continuing support throughout their business ventures.

Dr. Grady Pennington was state director of OSBDC for 21 years until his retirement in 2010. Linda Gray has served as interim director since April 2010.

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