Northwest Missouri State University announced Friday that Rebecca Evans has been named associate northwest regional director of the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers.
The promotion means Evans will take on more responsibility for day-to-day operations at the SBTDC in northwest Missouri, which is led by Larry Lee.
Lee, headquartered in Maryville, is also the director of Northwest's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which serves as a campus-based academic facility and technology-based business incubator.
In her new role, Evans will remain in the SBTDC office in the St. Joseph office, where she has worked as a branch director since 2007.
The agency's other branch, located in Chillicothe, had been led for several years by Steve Holt, who recently retired. Holt's replacement, Matthew Trussell, is scheduled to come on board August. 19.
"Rebecca has been a member of the northwest regional SBTDC team for six years, serving entrepreneurs and clients in a stellar manner in northwest Missouri and throughout the entire state," Lee said. "She brings a mix of creativity and efficiency to the northwest SBTDC region and will provide operational support and assistance to my duties as the director."
Evans serves on the St. Joseph Health & Safety Council and the InterServ Board of Directors, which oversees a faith-based consortium of social services agencies. In 2012, she received the Missouri State Star Award for contributions to the growth of local business.
"In my new role, I will have the opportunity to expand my involvement with the SBTDC throughout the entire northwest region," Evans said. "I'm excited to move into this new leadership opportunity."
Administered by Northwest Missouri State University, the northwest regional SBTDC is also supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The three-office operation covers 17 counties stretching north to south from Atchison to Platte and east to west from the state line to Livingston County.
The agency's primary role is to promote the creation and growth of business enterprises with fewer than 500 employees through counseling, research and developmental workshops.