Weisband chosen as Director for UW Bothell Business Development Center

Monday, January 4, 2010
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BOTHELL, Wash. -The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce Barry Weisband as the new Director of its Business Development Center (BDC).  The BDC, housed within the UW Bothell Business Program, serves small businesses throughout the greater Seattle metropolitan area and the Pacific Northwest.

As the BDC's director, Weisband will be responsible for outreach, academic program development and oversight of consulting projects between teams of students and faculty members and selected business owners and senior managers.  As a leader of business development and entrepreneurship educational programs, Weisband will maintain the high level of excellence that students, faculty, business owners and senior managers have come to know and appreciate from the BDC.  His expertise in building and growing internal and external relationships will bring new linkages and partnerships to the BDC and UW Bothell. 

"The BDC is a big part of what we do. We are delighted that Barry is able to join our community and look forward to building deeper relationships with businesses in our region," says, Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Business Program Director.   

Weisband brings experience and wisdom gained over his 25 year career in the business and educational sectors.  He has played significant leadership roles at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and the University of Oregon.  In addition to his extensive healthcare marketing and business development expertise, Weisband led the University of Oregons Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship as Executive Director.  His academic background includes directing the entrepreneurship programs at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.  Weisband received his MS in Management and Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University.

Weisband takes over the reins at the BDC from Brooks Gekler, who will continue to serve the business program as Executive-in-Residence, mentor and instructor.

About the BDC: Since its founding in 2006, the BDC has assisted over 165 business clients, conducted approximately 70 student team consulting projects and 80 one-on-one consulting engagements, providing services valued at more than $900,000 to local small businesses. In 2009, over 60% of clients assisted were women and ethnic minority small business owners and 10% were non-profit business organizations.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration      (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.