Oklahoma SBDC Advisor Wins Top Honor


Washington, D.C. — The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to announce that Dana Hugle, OKSBDC business development specialist housed at Eastern Oklahoma State College, was named the 2019 Oklahoma State Star. Hugle was recognized among the State Star recipients from across the country during the 39th Annual America’s SBDC national conference in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 3-6.

 The State Star award, the highest accolade achievable by SBDC employees recognizes extraordinary performers who have made strong contributions to their state network. Annually, SBDCs from every state and U.S. territory select one employee for the award. As part of this year’s award, winners were recognized during a special awards ceremony and reception on the famous Queen Mary ship, docked in Long Beach Bay.

 “Dana brings an incredible amount of energy and passion, not just to work, but also directly to her clients,” said Michele Campbell, state director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. “Her resolve to find real solutions to difficult problems builds trust and confidence among the businesses she serves. Alongside that trust, Dana builds lasting relationships with her clients that extend well beyond the job description. Dana’s commitment to the OKSBDC is cemented in her efforts to promote and expand our reach and services. Pushing herself for her clients, and pushing the organization toward the future, Dana is the Oklahoma SBDC 2019 State Star.”

Hugle brings a wealth of former experience to her role as OKSBDC business development specialist. After owning a tourism-related business, she later served as the director for the Latimer County Tourism and Wilburton Main Street, where she dealt with small business support, community building and tourism market. 

Hugle also has a great deal of experience in the healthcare field, where she managed private and hospital-owned physician offices, while building a hospital-based physician services program. She has worked with rural hospitals to train staff, improve billings and collections and reduce staff turnover.

 She received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University, and her master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University. Recently, she became a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. 

 “It’s an honor to be recognized with the Oklahoma State Star award,” said Hugle. “Helping Oklahoma’s small businesses face challenges and find the solutions and
tenacity to grow and thrive is rewarding to me as a business advisor. With each small business victory, it’s a win for Oklahoma and its economy.” 

 Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, State of Oklahoma and other public partners, with Southeastern Oklahoma State University, serving as the network’s headquarters, the Oklahoma SBDC has offices spread across the state of Oklahoma. As part of its service offering, the Oklahoma SBDC provides consulting, training and research to help aspiring and existing small business grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.OKSBDC.org.

 About the Oklahoma SBDC Network: The OKSBDC provides confidential, high quality, no cost entrepreneurial and small business management advising to help Oklahomans start and grow businesses. We are committed to growing Oklahoma’s economy one small business at a time.

OKSBDC business advisors assist business owners and entrepreneurs in many areas relevant to starting and expanding their businesses including financial analysis, capital sources, industry research, international trade, market research, digital marketing and social media, management support, emergency preparedness, business survival planning, economic impact analysis, economic gardening and geographic information systems.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE), in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), established the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network (OKSBDC) in 1984. SE continues to serve as the lead university in a statewide consortium of private and public partners including the SBA, tribal nations, as well as many other entities and organizations including, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and Main Street programs. Banks and commercial lenders across the state are also key supporters of OKSBDC.

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