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Five Questions: Vincent McCoy, I.E. Small Business Development Center

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Vincent McCoy is an experienced small business expert with an ownership and management background in various industries. Over the past decade, he has served the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center as Executive Director and for a year, as a business consultant. Each year the center serves more than 1,300 businesses with consulting services and about 3,000 in training courses. The organization has helped them secure financing, develop and execute marketing and business plan strategies, create jobs and improve business operations. Vincent supervises a staff of fourteen professionals dedicated to making the efforts and ingenuity of business owners real enough to reach their dreams.

His work also gives him perspective on program development, compliance, federal and state regulations and other business issues. He has presented before the banking community, to government agencies and to regulators on topics relevant to small business.

Vincent holds a master’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University along with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from CSU – Hayward. Prior to joining SBDC in 2000, he worked in software implementation, was an accounting consultant, business manager for an industrial computer company, and owned a rental information service. He taught at Victor Valley College for eight years as adjunct faculty in the areas of marketing, business management and small business management.

1. How would you describe your job responsibilities?
Oversight of consulting and training operations, new program development and management, relationship management, fundraising, and marketing/outreach for SBDC along with compliance with grant source requirements.

2. What, if any, would you like to change about the Inland Empire? And why?
The culture surrounding the business community needs to be better networked in a productive way that enables businesses to connect with peers, support services, and relevant, timely information that makes them better operators of their respective enterprises.

3. What is something most people don't know about you?
I worked for about a decade in high-technology industries and that I have a degree in accounting.

4. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
Leading a transition from state funding to program that gathers significant financial and volunteer support from Inland Empire partners and resources that have increased outreach offices to nine, which enabled us to serve more small businesses throughout the region and help deliver broader economic impact. Also, contributing to the turnaround and new direction of IEEP.

5. What do you like to do in your free time?
Getting involved with my children’s activities, visiting new places and being outdoors with friends and family. I also enjoy reading and writing things that come into my head.

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