Honoring Excellence at the SBDC

By Erin McGowan, Associate Director, Wharton Small Business Development Center

The Wharton Small Business Development Center celebrated its annual recognition and leadership event on April 24.  Over 70 guests gathered to recognize the accomplishments in 2013-14 of Wharton SBDC’s small business clients, Wharton MBA and Undergraduate consultants, professional advisors, and many organizational partners and friends – programs and accomplishments that are a mainstay of Philadelphia’s small business community.

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Leslie Mitts, Managing Practice Leader of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, and Katlyn Grasso W’15, founder of GenHERation.

As part of the award ceremony, Small Business Bankers from Wells Fargo, Principal Partner of The Wharton School and the Wharton Small Business Development Center, presented Distinguished Leadership Awards to Wharton MBA and Undergrad Consultants.  Throughout the year, Wells Fargo Bankers volunteer and help educate hundreds of entrepreneurs who are starting businesses about the usefulness of banking relationships, beginning with their own bank, as well as participate in the Wharton SBDC’s Meet the Lenders program.

Katlyn Grasso W’15, of the SBDC’s Growth Consulting Program, was recognized for her contributions in administratively leading 65 MBA sand Undergrad consultants. Katlyn is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GenHERationTM, a female empowerment network for millennial girls, which provides girls in high school and middle school the opportunity to work with national corporations and nonprofit organizations to develop their own advocacy campaigns to address community issues.

Also from the Growth Consulting program, Tanay Mehta W’14 was recognized for his thought leadership and guidance to MBA and Undergrad consultants after his three years in the program and as a Practice Leader.

David Silberstein WG’15 of the Business Building Program was recognized for his commitment to excellence in consulting with small business clients in the Business Building Program, where each year a team of MBA candidates and experienced professionals develop a customized consulting program for over 150 clients.

The Wharton Small Business Development Center (Wharton SBDC) was founded in 1980 at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Wharton SBDC is now part of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, Wharton Entrepreneurship, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential entrepreneurial centers in a business school. As part of the Pennsylvania SBDC network, our mission is to aid small businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region to start, grow and prosper and to enhance the education of Wharton students. The Wharton SBDC has developed a unique and highly effective “teaching hospital” model for service delivery to leverage the students, faculty and staff of the Wharton School. The Wharton SBDC has enabled several generations of Wharton students to learn from and assist in meeting the challenges of Philadelphia’s leading entrepreneurs and has boosted the prospects of many of our high-growth and community-focused businesses.

Erin Photo thumbnailBio: Erin McGowan, Associate Director, joined the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2007. Erin supports entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Wharton SBDC Business Building program.  Prior to the Wharton SBDC, Erin was at a New York City-based non-profit, Housing Works, and in Corporate Services at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Erin has a Master’s Degree in in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.