Sixteen SBTDC Counselors Up Their Game with EDFP Certification

SBTDC EDFP Certification

From left: Ariana Billingsley( ECU), Bob Weston (WSSU), Owen George (WSSU), Tommy Dennison (WCU), Johnnie Marshburn (FSU), Mark McKnight (NCSU), Alex Viva (NCSU) who will be completing the EDFP certification later this year, Scott Daugherty (State Director), Janis Mueller (UNC-W), Bion Schulken (NCSU), Fran Scarlett (UNC-W), Victor Dau (NC A&T), Pieter Swanepoel (UNC-CH), Michael Twiddy (ECSU), Byron Hicks (ASU)

The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is proud to announce that 16 staff members have successfully completed the National Development Council’s (NDC) Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program.  This nationally recognized program includes three weeklong classes and requires passage of a rigorous 4 to 5 hour examination following each class. The training focuses on creating opportunities in the following areas: business credit, real estate finance analysis, loan packaging procedures, negotiating and problem solving skills, and deal structuring techniques.

“We are committed to ensuring our counselors are as knowledgeable as possible,” says Scott Daugherty, State Director of the SBTDC. “The advanced competencies resulting from the EDFP certification will enhance the SBTDC’s capacity to help small to medium sized businesses secure capital to sustain growth.”

The staff members who successfully completed the program include: Ariana Billingsley (ECU), Victor Dau (NC A&T), Scott Daugherty (NCSU), Tommy Dennison (WCU), Owen George (WSSU), Byron Hicks (ASU), Johnnie Marshburn (FSU), David Mayo (ECU), Mark McKnight (NCSU), Janis Mueller (UNC-W), Fran Scarlett (UNC-W), Bion Schulken (NCSU), Mike Seibert (NCSU), Pieter Swanepoel (UNC-CH), Michael Twiddy (ECSU) and Bob Weston (WSSU).  They have earned NDC’s classification as “Economic Development Finance Professionals”.

SBTDC staff participation was underwritten with generous support from BB&T.  “BB&T is committed to small business and welcomed the opportunity to partner with the SBTDC to support entrepreneurs. Our Capacity Building Program equips community economic development professionals with the knowledge to fulfill their mission. The NDC Economic Development Finance Certification is a key component of our Program. During the last 15 years, BB&T has invested $3.8 million in Capacity Building and trained 2,200 individuals,” says John Stokes, with CRA/Community Development at BB&T.

The SBTDC is a statewide business advisory service of The University of North Carolina system administered by NC State University and operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBTDC provides management counseling and education services to businesses throughout North Carolina from 16 offices across the State. For more information, visit

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