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NKU Hires Covington's Volpe to Lead Small Business Development Center

Rebecca Volpe will be leaving the City of Covington's community development department where she has served as busisness recruitment and retention specialist. Her resignation will be accepted at Tuesday's Covington City Commission meeting. Volpe is moving on to work at Northern Kentucky University where she will lead the Small Business Development Center. NKU sent out a press release Tuesday:


The Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center has announced Rebecca Volpe as its new director. Volpe will be responsible for managing the center and will provide consulting services, seminars and workshops aimed at assisting entrepreneurs to start new and grow existing businesses.

“NKU and the SBDC are very fortunate to have attracted Rebecca Volpe as our new SBDC director” said Dr. Richard Kolbe, dean of the NKU Haile/US Bank College of Business. “Her extensive business and consulting experience, when combined with a strong background as an economic and business development professional, makes her an ideal choice to consult with and assist the SBDC’s clients. Rebecca is ably suited to help businesses navigate the challenges they will face as they seek profitable long-term growth. She operates from a collaborative framework, willing to engage partners from around the region to expand the SBDC to its full potential. She also has an unflappable, can-do attitude that is inspirational to anyone with whom she interacts.”

Volpe joins the SBDC at NKU with an accomplished career in business and credit analysis, business development, grant writing and strategic planning. In the past four years alone, she has been able to assist businesses in attracting over $30M in capital. A Michigan native, she earned both a BS and MPA from NKU and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

The SBDC at NKU is part of the NKU Haile College of Business and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center Network, providing business seminars and no-cost, one-on-one business consultation to small business owners. The SBDC at NKU serves Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Gallatin, Grant and Pendleton counties. The SBDC at NKU is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.