South Puget Sound Community College Certified Business Advisor Celia Nightingale continues to win accolades for her work with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the small businesses it serves.
Nightingale was honored at the 29th Annual American’s Small Business Development Center conference in Orlando, Florida, earning the State Star as Washington State’s representative.
“It’s an honor to accept this award,” Nightingale said at the conference, “and to have the opportunity to help so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business.”
Working out of the College’s Small Business Development Center, collocated with the Thurston County Economic Development Council, Nightingale worked with more than 180 small business clients in 2008, helping them access more than $4 million in funding. She also helped those businesses create or retain 67 jobs.
Last April, Nightingale was honored with both the 2008 Star Performer award as well as the 2008 Million Dollar Club award from the Washington SBDC. Nightingale is one of 25 Certified Business Advisors in the Washington SBDC. Collectively, in 2008, they helped nearly 3,000 clients access funding in excess of $75 million and create or retain 1,769 jobs. The SBDC provides no-charge confidential advising and low-cost training to current and prospective business owners. It is a cooperative effort between Washington State University, community colleges, economic development organizations, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.