Share this Job

Title:  Part-Time Business Advisor, Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center

Requisition ID:  11317

Crown Point, IN, US

Job Summary


To provide small business assistance usually in the form of one-to-one counseling of clients to assist business owners and start-up entrepreneurs in moving their businesses forward. To contribute to economic development in the region by being a resource to aid small businesses in growing. Counseling in the area of business plan development; preparing financial statements such as cash flow projections, providing assistance in applying for funding, offering recommendations on business processes and record keeping systems; assisting with market related issues such as business development, sales strategies, market research and other related areas.

Core Competencies


Most interaction in this role involves clients who are entrepreneurs starting a business or small business owners 
Business Acumen - practical application of business operations, including finance, operations, systems, human resource management, marketing, public relations. Significant financial or accounting experience desirable
Identify Client’s Needs – asking questions to determine specific needs of the customer 
Provide Added Value to Clients– stays on top of market and business trends and is seen as a valuable resource to the client 
Makes Persuasive Presentations –this includes both content and delivery whether in person or virtual
Educates Client – helps client understand processes and procedures that will enable them to meet their goals 
Client Relationships – builds and manages strong client relationships 
Adapts Approach to Different Clients – works with each client based on their specific need 
Overcome Objections – work with clients to understand and overcome objections 
Communication – ability to provide effective written and verbal communication to a wide variety of people
In-depth Knowledge of financial statements such as cash flow projections, income statements and balance sheets
Analysis and Judgment – ability to analyze spreadsheets, documents and situations and make reasonable judgments about next steps 
Executive Presence – works with other senior leaders as a peer and is seen as such



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business, accounting, finance, marketing or a related field.



Three years with progressively responsible positions in business and/or industry management and supervisory experience required. 
Experience in the following computer systems: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, use of the Internet, required.
Two or more years of ownership or senior management of a small business (significant, successful small business ownership or management may be substituted for academic qualifications), desired. Direct experience providing information, advice, counsel and training to business preferred.  Experience with financial statements and business lending desirable.


Additional Information:

For information regarding our excellent benefits package, please visit: www.purdue.edu/benefits

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.

Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

FLSA Status


Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago