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Sauk Valley Community College names interim Small Business Development Center director

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College is really giving Kim Ewoldsen the business.

Ewoldsen, recently named coordinator of regional economic development for the college, now also will serve as interim director of Sauk’s Small Business Development Center.

Monday, her first day, will be current coordinator Stacy McCaskill’s last.

McCaskill, the SBDC’s director since June 2018, has taken a job as vice president of field operations, education and marketing for Sulcanna Hemp Cooperative in Hanover.

As Sauk’s coordinator of regional economic development, Ewoldsen works closely with local government, businesses, agencies, and partnerships. She will build on that work in coordination with regional SBDC duties by planning and directing activities in coordination with the Illinois SBDC, Sauk said in a news release.

The SBDC provides advice and resources to area entrepreneurs on how to manage and grow their businesses, as well as tools for those looking to start a business. It opened in 2016 and became part of the Illinois Small Business Development Centers network in 2017.

“I am excited about working with the SBDC staff to share the great resources the Small Business Development Office has to help new businesses start and existing businesses continue to grow and expand throughout our college district,” she said in the release.

Ewoldsen was executive director of the Morrison Area Development Corp. and Chamber, and before that, executive director of the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

She also has been an agriculture economic development specialist with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and an international marketing representative in the Governor’s Office.

She has a bachelor’s in agriculture economics from the University of Illinois and is a certified professional community and economic developer.

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