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    Mr. Tony Palamone

    Mr. Tony  Palamone

    Director

    Tony Palamone has operated the SBDC at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1997. Prior to 1997, he studied and worked extensively in the areas of business, market, and economic development.

    His background includes business and marketing consultations, teaching entrepreneurship and small business management at the university level, establishing and running a business loan fund, developing and writing business plans, doing financial projections, product development, grant writing and administration, managing and developing business incubators, operating a redevelopment authority, university-based assistance to communities, directing a community-based development corporation, and city planning at the city and the county level. He has worked with over 1,000 entrepreneurs and had several of his clients reach Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing 500 small businesses.

    Palamone holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has taken advantage of many additional specialized training programs over the years, the most notable and relevant being for technology commercialization and on advanced innovation.  

    He serves on the Loan Committee and is a board member of Regional Development Finance Corporation, a leading SBA 504 lender in the Pittsburgh Region. Currently, he is focusing a large part of his efforts to working with second-stage growth businesses.

    Mrs. Wendy Kopczyk

    Mrs. Wendy  Kopczyk

    Management Technician

    Mr. Richard N. Hoover

    Mr. Richard N. Hoover

    Business Consultant

    Richard Hoover has over 18 years of business, legal, entrepreneurial, and management experience. He has been advising businesses at the IUP Small Business Development Center since 2010. Richard has also developed a program that develops marketable professional skills and mindsets in participants while providing digital marketing, media, and design services to small businesses. 

    Focuses and interests include marketing messaging, customer development and user experience, learn startups, business development, and design, including Adobe Creative Suite and CAD/CAM.

    Previously, he cofounded and managed an investment banking and capital acquisition firm in Eastern Europe that was involved in the raising of financing or structuring and managing approximately $30 million in small business deals. Prior to that, he worked at KPMG Romania on mergers and acquisitions. 

    Richard has a BS in Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

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