Business Advisor

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7077824 (Ref.No. BSU
Posted: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana.
The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ECI-SBDC) creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources. Ball State University serves as the host for the ECI-SBDC.

It is possible that we may fill multiple positions from this posting.

Job Function:

Have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana.

Minimum Education:

Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in business, accounting, communications or related field.

Preferred Education:

Masters degree from an accredited college or university in business, accounting, communications or related field.

Minimum Experience:

Three years experience in business and/or industry management experience. Significant, successful small business ownership or management experience can be substituted for academic qualifications.

Preferred Experience:

Small business ownership or business management experience; public speaking proficiency; demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with co-workers and supervisors; ability to work effectively with leaders in the private and public sectors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide small business assistance including one-to-one client counseling in the area of business plan development; analyze, prepare and structure financial statements such as cash flow projections, income statements and balance sheets; provide assistance in automated and manual record keeping systems; assist clients with market related issues such as advertising, promotional functions, market surveys and other related areas; provide assistance with loan applications.
  • Assess the current needs and skills of individual entrepreneurs using a standardized assessment tool, advise an entrepreneur about the programs and partners which can best assist them in their development process, and create an action plan of assistance steps through the SBDC.
  • Facilitate and make referrals between entrepreneurs and professional services providers, referring clients, as appropriate, to SBDC volunteer and independent contract consultants and other outside specialists for additional support services.
  • Engage educational, technical assistance, and government partners. Many programs and partners in Indiana support or assist entrepreneurs. It is the role and responsibility of the SBDC Business Advisor to coordinate and engage their efforts in the process of building an entrepreneurial community.
  • Engage in advocacy for small business interests by developing and promoting public awareness of SBDC programs and services.
  • Work independently, is self-motivated, goal oriented, can meet deadlines and work as a team member on projects.
  • Will work within the regional host institution, a contractual center of the Indiana SBDC Network.
  • Travel throughout the geographic area served. Early morning and evening meetings may be required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.


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