Regional Business Consultant
Melvin L. Steele, Jr., E.D., is the regional business consultant for the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP).
Steele is responsible for providing consultation services to small businesses on a wide range of topics including marketing, finance (including loan proposals and accounting), management, personnel and business, and strategic planning to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement. He also coordinates training seminars and classes designed to meet the specific needs of small business owners and managers in the region.
Prior to joining the Missouri SBDC at MSU-WP, Steele taught business courses in management, marketing and economics, which are his primary areas of interest. He has taught at the college level and consulted with small business owners for many years before joining the Missouri SBDC. Steele also has been a small business owner and has additional experience in the data analytics field. In his regional consultant role, he helps new businesses start and existing businesses grow in and around the West Plains and surrounding seven-county region.
Steele has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and speech from Southwest Baptist University, an MBA in Marketing from Louisiana Tech University, and an Education Doctorate from Lindenwood University.