Small businesses successes a high for SBDC Star Performer

TUKWILA, Wash. – Steve Burke, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was named the network’s 2017 Star Performer for his work with small business owners in South Seattle.

The award was announced at the U.S. Small Business Administration annual gala May 2 at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. Burke and the Star Performers from each of the 63 SBDC networks across the country will be honored at the America’s SBDC conference in Nashville, Tenn., in September.

Burke joined the Washington SBDC in 2010, after a long career in outdoor recreation, property management and business consulting.

Michael Franz, Burke’s supervisor and an SBDC advisor in Seattle since 1998, said Burke set an inspiring standard, both as a business advisor and as a colleague. “He has high standards of service, amazing depth of knowledge, and principled integrity in everything that he does,” Franz said. “His passion for business and service has a positive effect on everyone around him.”

Duane Fladland, state director of the Washington SBDC, said Burke embodies the core values of the organization, including integrity, teamwork and continual improvement. “Whether he’s looking at a business plan, a financial statement or a commercial lease, Steve has the ability to home in on what’s really important,” Fladland

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The Washington Small Business Development Center, hosted by Washington State University, is an accredited member of America's SBDC. Funded in part throurgh a coppperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, institutions of higher education, economic development organizations and other public and private funding partners.