Vermont Small Business Development Center announces State Star 2021
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RANDOLPH CENTER, VT (July 7, 2021) — State Director, Linda Rossi, announced that Kate Paterson has been selected as the 2021 State Star of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). The award, bestowed annually, celebrates a member of the organization’s team for exceptional commitment to small business success.

“In the one year since Kate joined the VtSBDC team she has become a major force in the organization, and we are delighted to honor her for the extraordinary work she has accomplished,” said Rossi. “As we helped thousands of small businesses face an extremely challenging year, Kate developed and implemented an array of online resources to help our advisors be exponentially more effective whether working remotely or in person. What’s more, her cheerful, can-do attitude makes working with her a true pleasure.”

Paterson’s colleagues report that she is responsive, engaging, and supportive as well as an effective mentor to the organization’s summer interns.

As VtSBDC’s program operations analyst, Paterson’s responsibilities encompass data analysis, the collection of key performance measures, developing and enhancing internal and external processes and resources and modernizing the organization of documents related to financial reporting and grant compliance.

A Vermont native and graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, Paterson received a bachelor’s degree in business finance with a focus in global business and a minor in mathematics.

“I am proud to be part of the VtSBDC team, and to play a role in supporting Vermont’s small businesses,” said Paterson. “Starting my career with this team has been a rewarding and enlightening experience. The VtSBDC staff has taught me about the importance and resilience of small businesses in our state, which has allowed me to build online resources for entrepreneurs. VtSBDC continued to help small businesses without interruption, and to assist in many new ways with the use of technology and digital resources.”

Paterson will be honored at America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) national conference in September.

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