Northwest ISBDC adds new adviser to staff

2012-12-12T11:46:00Z 2012-12-12T15:38:03Z Northwest ISBDC adds new adviser to staffTimes Staff
December 12, 2012 11:46 am  • 

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.”

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