VtSBDC Name Sarah Kearns State Star 2022

Vermont Business Magazine State Director Linda Rossi announced that Sarah Kearns has been selected as the 2022 State Star of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC). The award, given annually and recognized nationally, celebrates a member of the organization’s team for exceptional commitment to small business success.

Kearns is a statewide consultant for strategic projects as well as area business consultants for Addison County. He specializes in working with college-age entrepreneurs from Vermont.

“Sarah is passionate about the VtSBDC mission and is a great advocate and representative for our organization,” said Rossi. “She consistently demonstrates exceptional leadership and has contributed to advancing our strategic priority of serving college-age Vermonters. She helps young entrepreneurs follow their dreams by providing real-world guidance and compassion In addition, Sarah has been instrumental in facilitating VtSBDC’s Starting Your Own Business workshops, as well as assisting with core competency training as part of onboarding new SBDC consultants throughout New England.”

Selected as a State Star 2022 by VtSBDC’s advisory team, Kearns colleagues report that he is enthusiastic, collaborative and creative.

Kearns has worked for VtSBDC for over a decade, starting as a consultant and becoming a full-time consultant in 2018. She comes from a family steeped in the creative economy, and previously had her own jewelry importing business. His professional experience includes working in both large companies and start-ups. Before moving to Vermont in 2006, Kearns worked for Converse, Inc. in the Boston area. worked in, focused on business development in Latin America. After his time at Converse, he worked for a range of start-up companies, primarily on consumer products strategy and business development. During that time he also completed MBA from Babson College. Kearns speaks Spanish and has advanced proficiency in French.

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Kearns and her husband David are residents of Middlebury, and they have a son at UVM and a daughter at Syracuse.

“The State Star Award is a great honor,” Kearns said. “And working with VtSBDC brings extraordinary rewards every day. Each new customer is an opportunity to learn something new and help someone move one step closer to their dream.”

Kearns will be honored at the Small Business Development Center of America (ASBDC) national convention in San Diego in September.

Randolph Center, VT (July 27, 2022) –Vermont Small Business Development Center