Kettering Official Wins Small Biz Director of the Year Award: Kettering University’s Marsha Lyttle, Region 6 director for the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, received the MI-SBTDC 2009 Director of the Year Award during ceremonies earlier this summer. MI-SBTDC State Director Carol Lopucki called the award significant: “The most successful public institutions and private corporations in America place their employees in high esteem and recognize that the success of the institution depends on how well people work together as teams for the betterment of the organization and the people it serves.” Said Lyttle: “This isn’t my award. It belongs first to Kettering for the university-wide enthusiastic support and collaboration with MI-SBTDC. We couldn’t ask for a better partner-host organization than Kettering. This statewide award also belongs to the regional community of entrepreneurial services providers that embraced working together rather than competing; and finally it belongs to the people in our service area who are re-inventing this region with pride and determination, one small business at a time.  I am honored to serve this dynamic regional community.” Kettering’s MI-SBTDC office opened in July 2007 and offers an array of intellectual and technical resources to seed entrepreneurship in Genesee and Lapeer counties. Its mission is to enhance Michigan’s economic well being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new and existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. Offices are located on the fifth floor of Kettering’s Campus Center. Lyttle is assisted by Intake Coordinator Julie Filary. Kettering’s MI-SBTDC has helped 91 businesses start since July 2007, creating 639 jobs and leading to $25.2 million in investment. It also conducted 135 training events delivered to 2,205 training attendees,

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