Business Management Counselor (Business Advisor)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $4,650.00
Maximum: $5,000.00
Details: Salary dependent on Experience



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901 East Second Street
Ste 210
United States


Full-time-Permanent position. Positions available in Aberdeen and Tukwila (S. Seattle), Washington. Apply for one or both positions.

Responsible for advising and training individuals in activities relating to starting or enhancing the operation of small businesses. Primary functions include advising clients in the formation or development of small businesses; assisting with the identification and evaluation of business challenges and opportunities; providing assistance and guidance in developing business plans and operating plans for marketing, management, and/or commercial financial proposals; performing research, data compilation, and budget analysis for use in managerial decision making; developing and implementing marketing program plans; and/or coordinating program marketing efforts to enhance awareness and access.

Advisors must be well organized to manage more than 100 clients annually. Business clients will be from every sector of the local business community and require a full range of business services. Advisors must have comprehensive knowledge and experience of small business operations. Advisors must understand the client’s situation, analyze the problems and guide the client in developing a solution he or she is willing and able to implement. Advisors typically identify a range of solutions, discuss the pros and cons of each and explain abstract concepts with real world examples. Advisors constantly seek professional development opportunities to expand their core competencies in all areas of business, including technology, necessary to start, grow, sustain and transition a small business. Peer mentoring is valued within the Washington SBDC Network and advisors often share their expertise in response to queries from other advisors. Advisors must develop and maintain a referral network within their local service areas to ensure they maintain a robust client caseload capable of delivering significant economic impacts to the local community and the state. Advisors must also build relationships with various and diverse stakeholders to advocate support of the SBDC program, including elected officials, funding partners, businesses and community leaders. New advisors in the SBDC network will need to successfully complete a certification program within six months of hire to become fully certified as an advisor. Certification is designed to allow the new advisor to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge and abilities to be successful in guiding clients toward their goals while taking advantage of learning from experienced advisors sharing best practices, tools and processes they use to assist their clients.


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Level of Language Proficiency

Primary language is English. Spanish and Eastern European languages would be helpful

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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