Here’s another win for our office and we’re excited to share the news!

Rebecca Gubbels, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at UMKC’s business development specialist, has been named the 2017 Missouri State Star, or the state’s outstanding business counselor, for her contributions to local business growth.

The award is given by America’s SBDC, the national association of Small Business Development Centers nationwide.

“Rebecca is one of the best and brightest business consultants we have,” said Greg Tucker, Missouri SBTDC state director. “She is not just competent and knowledgeable, she’s energetic, creative and always maintains a great sense of humor. Rebecca has the unique ability to see through the surface and get to the heart of thorny business, financial, strategic or personnel issues. She’s a real asset to us and to the state, and I’m very glad to have her.”

Gubbels also won the Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award in 2016 for leadership in providing educational programs that support the economic viability of Missouri firms.

“From concept to startup, growth to renewal, maturity to succession, the UMKC SBTDC provides the business and technology commercialization coaching, mentoring and education for our clients to succeed at every phase,” said Carmen DeHart, regional director of UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center. “Rebecca is a true ambassador for the SBTDC, an unparalleled advocate for small business in the Kansas City region with sincere enthusiasm for her clients, her team mates and her partners.”

Gubbels, who has extensive financial experience, joined the Missouri SBTDC in 2012. She previously served as vice president and small business product manager for UMB Bank, Kansas City; director of business development for CPA firm Davis & Bellomo, Overland Park, Kan.; and assistant vice president and small business banking officer for Commerce Bank, also Kansas City.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business, Waco, Texas. Upon graduation, she received Baylor’s Outstanding Entrepreneurial Student of the Year Award.

Gubbels will receive official state star recognition at the ASBDC national conference in Nashville, Tennesse this September. The award is given annually to a small business and development counselor in Missouri who shows a strong commitment to business and makes a significant contribution to the economic health of the region and state.




The Small Business & Technology Development Center at UMKC educates individuals to start, manage and grow businesses, creating a viable economic base, improving lives and enriching communities. The program provides individualized business counseling, coaching and training and boasts a reputation for high-quality technical assistance and education. The center works with prospective entrepreneurs to start businesses; existing businesses to improve their competitiveness; and entrepreneurs pursuing technology commercialization and rapid expansion opportunities.  For more information about the SBTDC, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



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