Expanding Our Staff Team
Our staff team has seen some exciting changes lately! We’ve welcomed a new Accounting Specialist and created an entirely new business consultant role.
A grant from the Missouri Technology Corporation has allowed the efactory and Small Business Development Center to create a brand new staff position – a business consultant who will work closely with entrepreneurs who are exploring technology and product commercialization.
Meet Sandra Smart
We didn’t have to look far to find the right person for the job. Sandra Smart has been a full-time Regional Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center since 2017, so she knows what it takes to help businesses grow.
She has now transitioned into the Technology & Commercialization role, where she’ll work closely with early-stage, technology-based entrepreneurs. She’ll help entrepreneurs assess the feasibility of business ideas, access early funding sources such as federal SBIR/STTR programs, and explore angel or venture capital investment.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel, golf, go to concerts and sporting events, and spend time with family.
What excites you the most about this position?
I’m super excited to be able to focus on providing assistance to tech companies in our area, connecting faculty and companies with innovative technology to federal grants and contracts through the SBIR/STTR program, and being a part of the continued entrepreneurial growth in Springfield.
What’s your dream vacation destination?
There are lots of destinations, but I’ll go with a relaxing one – Bora Bora – I love white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and the sound of the waves.