Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center Consultant Receives National Certification
Posted: November 20, 2015
Amanda Kochirka, a business consultant at Gannon University's
Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has received
certification from Growth Wheel, a visual toolbox that aids startup
and growth companies in decision-making and action planning.
She now becomes the only consultant in the northwest quadrant of
the state who is certified to use the comprehensive business
evaluation and planning tool that helps startup and early-stage
companies find short-term goals and focus on manageable aspects of
Kochirka and three colleagues from Pennsylvania SBDCs attended
an intensive two-day training in San Francisco to learn the Growth
Wheel system and its associated tools.
"Growth Wheel starts with a 360-degree evaluation, the literal
'growth wheel,'" Kochirka explained. "The screening concentrates on
three broad areas: what's missing from a business plan, mapping
opportunities and rating the skills that owners have."
Kochirka will present her experiences with the Growth Wheel
program at the Pennsylvania SBDC conference in Cranberry this