JOEL BARRETT
Business Development Consultant – Contractor

Joel Barrett brings a coaching/consulting and business entrepreneurship background to his role of contract business development consultant at the SBDC. He is a coach and co-instructor for ELEVATIONLAB NEW VENTURE and facilitates Entrepreneurial Mindset Program and First Steps courses.

Joel has decades of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. He currently operates his own business, Joel Speaks Out, where he is a LGBTQ writer and speaker. He has worked in the public and private sectors as a general manager, director of marketing, business consultant and community organizer. Joel is recognized for his intuitive ability to determine the next steps for entrepreneurs. His coaching/consulting experience is influenced by his active involvement in community organizations.

He currently serves as a board member and director of programming for the Mid America LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Joel earned a master’s degree in liberal studies with a sustainability focus from Indiana University.

DAVID NEAL
Business Development Consultant – Contractor 

After David Neal worked for three 8A firms, he turned work into passion when he started working as a consultant. My goal is to help small, minority, woman and veteran owned companies sell their product or service to the federal government.

David brings this consulting background to his role of contract business development consultant at the SBDC. He is a coach for GROWTH360.

As an adventurer at heart, he is a scuba diver, bike rider, runner and cruise enthusiast. He brings this same excitement to his ability to help clients grow their businesses. David enjoys his time with family and attended Bethel College in North Newton, KS.