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LSCS SBDC consultants earn Global Business Professional credential

HOUSTON (Oct. 27, 2011) – Consultants with the Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center have earned a Certified Global Business Professional Credential for completing requirements to be able to assist business owners to diversify their skills and understanding in global commerce.

The credentials, from the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators, set the benchmark for global trade and commerce knowledge. The credentialing indicates that the advisors have earned comprehensive training in trade-related skills, covering global business management, marketing, supply chain management and international trade finance.

The LSCS SBDC senior consultants who received the accreditation are Don Ball, Karen Cavallaro, Steve Hamilton, and Kerry Woodson. The consultants are assigned and work in specific areas of the college’s geographic region but are able to assist business owners from all areas.

“The examination is tough. Only those who have a strong understanding of the complexities of conducting international business are able to pass it,” said Sal Mira, executive director of the SBDC. “We are indeed living in a world that is dependent upon international partnerships. The SBDC is now better equipped to handle clients who express interest in importing or exporting internationally and all that comes along with running an international business.”

“All of the SBDC consultants here have owned their own business, said Hamilton, senior consultant.  “We are all familiar with the specifics of running a daily business locally, and now we are better equipped with the knowledge to help our clients make business decisions globally.”

“We also now have the certification to back that knowledge,” Hamilton said.

The LSCS SBDC works with existing companies to help them get started, grow and compete in today's global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. 

For more information about the SBDC visit sbdc.LoneStar.edu/

With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.