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Johnson named to SBDC Advisory Board

Jill J. Johnson

The Office of Small Business Development Centers announced that former Hudsonite Jill J. Johnson (HHS class of 1978) is a newly appointed member of the National SBDC Advisory Board. Johnson was appointed by then-Acting Administrator Jovita Carranza on June 30 to a three-year term as a board member.

The National SBDC Advisory Board currently has nine appointed members, each representing an SBA region. Johnson will represent Region 5.

The current board consists of members from the small business community and universities. The board reports directly to the associate administrator of the Office of Small Business Development Centers.

The board's duties and responsibilities include advising, recommending and conferring with the AA/OSBDC on such matters as

  • Evaluating the aims, objectives and goals of the SBDC program;
  • Introducing proposals for strengthening the SBDC program;
  • Determining how to obtain maximum private sector involvement in the SBDC program; and
  • Interacting with state (local) SBDC Advisory Boards.

    Johnson is the president and founder of Johnson Consulting Services, a management consulting firm based in Minneapolis specializing in strategy development.

    A management consultant since 1982, Johnson helps clients develop business plans, marketing plans and market-based strategies for growth. Her clients are located throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She has worked with corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

    Johnson has been quoted on a variety of management issues in national publications, has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio, CNBC and USA Cable. She has published a number of articles on strategy development and gives presentations.

    Johnson received an Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration and was named one of SBA's National Small Business Advocates of the Year in 1994.

    She has been a member of the board of directors and executive committees for non-profit and business organizations. She served on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners and was the president of the Minnesota Chapter of the association. She was a member of the SBA's National Advisory Council.

    She served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and chaired its Small Business Policy Council. She also served on the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce board, was on the Chamber board's executive committee, and chaired its Small Business Committee. She served for nearly a decade on the board of directors of the James J. Hill Reference Library and was on the board's executive committee. She was elected as a Minnesota delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business in Washington, D.C.

    Prior to founding Johnson Consulting Services in 1987, Johnson worked for the management consulting division of Laventhol & Horwath, and the international consulting firm of Batten, Batten, Hudson & Swab, founded by Joe Batten.

    Johnson has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drake University with a double major in marketing and management. She also received an MBA from Drake University, where she graduated third in her class.

    For more information about the SBDC Program or to locate a nearby center, visit Johnson may be contacted through her Web site,

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