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Priscilla Cordero, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Governors State University, has been named Illinois’ “State Star” by the SBDC national organization.

Priscilla Cordero

Cordero, of Homewood, was selected for her exemplary performance, significant contribution to her SBDC program and commitment to helping small businesses grow.

“Helping small businesses start and thrive is what gets me up in the morning every day. This is what I have done my entire career and I see it as more of a calling than a job,” she said. “I love when I can help a small business owner fulfill their dreams of starting a business.”

As director of the SBDC at GSU, Cordero is responsible for marketing the organization’s services to the Chicago Southland region, consulting with small business owners and managing the center.

The SBDC at GSU, a collaboration between GSU, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Small Business Administration, creates an environment that nurtures entrepreneurship throughout the region. 

 “Priscilla is a phenomenal example of the kind of passion, skill and dedication to helping small businesses thrive that is instilled in every one of the SBDC advisers throughout the state of Illinois,” said Illinois SBDC State Director Mark Petrilli. “Her continued effort to assist and expand the opportunities available to small business owners is a shining example of the kind of commitment the Illinois SBDC Network has to helping the small business community grow.”

Outside of work, Cordero co-chairs the board for a local Friends of Habitat for Humanity chapter, is a loan committee member for the Northside Community Federal Credit Union and is a member of the Downtown Homewood Business Association. 

For more information on the SBDC’s free services, contact Cordero at 708-534-4929, or visit www.govst.edu/sbdc.

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