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Program Specialist – MI-Small Business Development Center, West Michigan Region

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Categories: Seidman College of Business

TITLE: Program Specialist – MI-Small Business Development Center, West Michigan Region


The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) West Michigan Region provides consulting, training, and research for new ventures and existing small businesses to help them launch, grow, innovate, and transition.  This position is expected to provide programmatic, administrative, and technical support for the West Michigan Region to achieve the established goals of the department. This position will provide SBDC services to businesses throughout a 13-county territory that includes Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa Counties.


  1. Manage client intake and triage processes used to determine appropriate services.
  2. Support Business Consultant's efforts in building client portfolios and serving those clients efficiently and effectively.
  3. Manage electronic records of client assistance in the SBDC’s client relationship management system in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  4. Maintain client records in compliance with Small Business Administration (SBA) standards.
  5. Provide day-to-day administrative support for the SBDC Regional Center and provide supervision to student assistants and/or temporary staff. Develop and execute workshops and training programs for the SBDC West Michigan Region.
  6. Work in collaboration with the SBDC Marketing Department to promote the services and successes of the West Michigan Regional Team.  Create newsletters and electronic communications for stakeholders, partners, and clients.
  7. Provide outreach to diverse and underserved populations throughout the region.
  8. Establish, maintain, and strengthen relationships with SBDC stakeholders, partners, and small business support organizations.
  9. Assist leadership with managing the department budget.
  10. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of SBA loan products, other small business financing options, and available business support resources.
  11. Support statewide SBDC initiatives.
  12. Perform other duties as required/assigned by leadership.   


  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of related experience.
  • Proficiency with standard software programs including Google Drive.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Experience with social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, and X.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong presentation and training skills.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekend hours.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout 13 counties in West Michigan.


  • Experience with Salesforce or other Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.
  • Experience managing and supervising teams and/or projects.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

SALARY: Minimum starting salary of $40,000

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Seidman College of Business, Michigan Small Business Development Center – West Michigan Region/Academic Affairs

CAMPUS:  Pew Campus, Grand Rapids

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews may be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Consideration of applications will begin on December 18, 2023, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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