Louisville SBDC, Louisville, KY

Serving the Counties of: Bullitt, Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Owen, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble

The Louisville SBDC provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in the Louisville region. The Louisville SBDC also meets the educational needs of the local small business community by offering a variety of low cost training programs taught by industry experts and qualified SBDC Consultants.

David Oetken
Center Director 
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Chanca "Toni" Sears
Management Consultant
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Vallorie Henderson
Management Consultant
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Janet Flaugh
Communications Coordinator
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Dave has worked with the KSBDC for since 2011. Dave began his business career in the sports/entertainment industry, primarily in ice skating and ice hockey. He has owned and managed three ice rinks and earned the Manager of the Year award from the Ice Skating Institute of America. In addition, Dave was operations manager for several professional ice hockey teams in both the East Coast Hockey League and the American Hockey League. He has also owned, operated and sold several businesses in the food industry. From there he moved into the restaurant field, owning and operating a number of franchise concepts. Since 2005 he has owned Louisville News Company, one of the largest distributors of thoroughbred horse publications in the eastern United States. David has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Bellarmine University. Dave has his Export and Trade Counseling Certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration. He remains active in his community and is a past vice chair for GLI’s Small Business Innovation Committee.
502-625-0123 l david.oetken@uky.edu
Toni has worked with the Louisville SBDC since 2006. Prior to joining the KSBDC, she served as project director for the Louisville Minority Business Development Center and housing director for Sullivan

University. Toni holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in English, both from the University of Louisville. She is a twice recipient of the Million Dollar Loan Club, a distinction honoring KSBDC consultants who have assisted with more than $1 million in funding for clients. She has her Export and Trade Counseling Certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Toni is active in her community and volunteers with Middle School Connection and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Outside of the office, Toni enjoys reading, volunteering, exercising and attending plays and sporting events.
502-625-0123 | toni.cardell@uky.edu
Vallorie began working with the Kentucky SBDC in August of 2011. Prior to joining the team in Louisville, she served as the business development director for the Kentucky Arts Council in Frankfort for over 10 years. She holds a B.A. from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and a M.F.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Vallorie has over 25 years of experience in marketing and promotion with such regional organizations as the Speed Art Museum and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. She owns and actively markets her own fiber arts studio on both a national and international level. Vallorie’s own success in marketing and selling her artwork allows her to relate to individual business owners on a very personal level. Assisting small business owners in understanding how to grow their revenue streams is high on Vallorie’s list of priorities. She has worked closely with fair trade organizations around the globe to assist artisan entrepreneurs in growing their businesses and to assure they are paid a living wage. Vallorie has her Export and Trade Counseling Certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration and is also a member of the KSBDC’s Million Dollar Loan Club. She has her Export and Trade Counseling Certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
502-625-0123 | vallorie.henderson@uky.edu
Janet Flaugh has worked with the Louisville SBDC since 2006. Before joining the KSBDC she served as director of volunteer services for the Kentucky Center for the Arts community and still enjoys Louisville’s vibrant arts scene as a patron. Janet has a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University. When not at work, Janet enjoys anything outdoors – ranging from camping, hiking, kayaking/rafting, fishing to gardening and nature photography.
502-625-0123 | janet.flaugh@uky.edu

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