CROWN POINT | Gary Brownlee has joined the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center staff as a business adviser.
He will work primarily with businesses in Porter County, bringing 30 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role, according to a news release.
Brownlee will work directly with new and existing business owners on business planning and execution as well as serve as a guide toward community resources and avenues for financing.
“I would hope to bring an analytical discipline and framework to aspiring entrepreneurs and growth-oriented small businesses. Success in business is a function of having a clearly defined opportunity and business model,” Brownlee said in a statement. “Having been involved in a variety of new ventures, I have learned the value of applying fact-based assessments of market opportunities and investment programs to capitalize on them. A good idea is a great start, but requires structure to come to life as a business.”
Brownlee’s background is in business planning, credit/risk management and financial analysis. Before co-founding a specialty finance business, he served as a senior officer of Indiana Federal Bank where he represented the bank on the Valparaiso Community Corp. board.
“We are excited to welcome Gary to our staff,” said NW-ISBDC Regional Director Lorri Feldt. “His financial background will serve as a key component to our team’s wide range of expertise, which helps us continue to spur the growth and development of region businesses.”
For more information, visit www.nwisbdc.org.