The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC), headquartered at Boise State University, recently named a state director, an interim regional director, welcomed two new employees, and has announced the retirement of a lead consultant at one of its business accelerators.
Doug Covey was named the state director for the Idaho Small Business Development Center. Prior to his new position, Covey was the Southwest regional director for the Idaho SBDC for 3 years. Under his leadership, Covey re-branded and re-launched two business accelerators, increased the degree of economic impact created by businesses in the region through capital raised, jobs created and sales growth. Covey will focus on expanding the economic impact created through the state-wide SBDC network of consultants and will continue strengthening the brand throughout the state.
Steven Miller is the interim regional director for the Southwest region. As a former business consultant with the Idaho SBDC, he has successfully developed numerous businesses, and has served as the lead consultant for the Boise Business Accelerator, located at 520 W. Idaho St. in downtown Boise. As a seasoned professional working for Fortune 100 companies, including HP, Miller has been recognized for his strategy and marketing expertise, which has contributed to the development of SBDC clients in the Boise area.
With over 30 years of executive experience in the technology industry, David McCauley serves as the technology commercialization program director for the Idaho SBDC. In addition to this role, he recently was named the interim lead consultant at the Nampa Business Accelerator where he will work exclusively with the 20-plus companies in residence at the facility. As the technology commercialization program director he will coach and develop technology businesses who are interested in creating commercialized products. McCauley’s expertise includes working with angels, venture capitalists, private equity firms, startups, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings.
Erin Johansen is joining the state office of the SBDC as the state marketing manager. She has over 15 years of marketing experience working for Fortune 500 and startup corporations. She has successfully launched high-profile marketing campaigns across the United States for big box retailers as well as small corporations. As the marketing manager for the Idaho SBDC, she will execute marketing campaigns that will increase brand visibility and create awareness for the state of Idaho and each region. She has experience working in multiple industries including technology, hardware and home improvement and the adult beverage industry.
John Glerum has announced his retirement as lead consultant for the Nampa Business Accelerator. Glerum was the initial director of the accelerator when it was built in 2003. He served as director until 2012, and then returned as the lead consultant in 2015. Glerum has been instrumental in helping create success stories out of Idaho startups. During his most recent tenure at the Nampa accelerator, Glerum was able to help companies produce incredible growth. With his experience in high-profile executive leadership roles, Glerum has played an intricate role guiding and cultivating businesses that have entered the accelerator program. The Idaho SBDC and many companies who have worked with Glerum appreciate his valuable time and extensive knowledge about starting and growing a successful business in Idaho.