Center Profile

Founded: 1980
Specialties: Technology Transfer
Counties: Allegheny, Greene and Washington
Please note: Allegheny County is a shared territory by the the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University SBDCs. Please search by zip code to find the closest center to you.

Staff Profile

Raymond Vargo

Raymond Vargo

Raymond L. Vargo
Director

Raymond L. Vargo, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center at the IEE, counsels businesses at all stages of their lifecycle. Working with businesses in industries such as retail, high tech, manufacturing and professional services, he provides strategic business and financial advice to help companies expand their profits, explore new markets and overcome business challenges.
 

Since opening the Washington County Outreach Office of the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center in 1995, Vargo has grown it to become one of the most successful outreach offices in the Pennsylvania SBDC system.

He has become a leader and valuable resource for Western Pennsylvania businesses, and in addition to his consulting management responsibilities, Vargo teaches accounting and small business management to both undergraduate and graduate students at Waynesburg College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Lee Ann Briggs

Lee Ann Briggs

Lee Ann Briggs
EMAP Consultant

Lee Ann is an Environmental Consultant with the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center (Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP)), assisting businesses with environmental and health and safety compliance, pollution prevention and sustainability opportunities for new business start-up, overall operation and/or potential expansion.

Lee Ann has over 28 years of environmental regulatory compliance experience in both consulting and industrial capacities. In addition to her experience working as an environmental consultant with the SBDC EMAP program from 2000 – 2011, she was previously the Manager of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for a paint and coatings manufacturer, providing full environmental, product safety and employee safety compliance. Prior to this she was an Environmental Scientist/Project Manager with two different Environmental/Engineering Consulting firms.

Lauren Scholtz

Accountant and Grants Administrator

Lauren Scholtz joined the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence in 2007. She is responsible for monitoring and analyzing financial reports, processing accounts payable and receivable documents, and rendering her professional recommendation for cost effective and efficient financial policies.

In addition, she collaborates with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research, Research Cost Accounting and Institutional Advancement departments to prepare essential grant and program reports for proper correspondences with donors, pledges and other stakeholders.

Lindsey Gilkes

Lindsey Gilkes

Lindsey Gilkes
Management Consultant

Lindsey Gilkes joined the Institute as a business consultant in 2007. Since then she has provided business consulting services to a diverse range of new and existing closely-held businesses. As a Philadelphia native, Gilkes became partial to Western Pennsylvania upon her relocation to Washington & Jefferson College.

Although Gilkes works out of the Greene County and Washington outreach offices, she functions as an integral part of the Institute team seeing as she is familiar with this select market and supports western Pennsylvania businesses. The core of her consulting work revolves around strategically analyzing functional areas of businesses such as management capabilities, financing, income, cash flow projections and loan packaging. She also specializes in conducting market research of new, existing and potential markets.

Victoria Hassett

Victoria Hassett

Victoria Hassett


Management Consultant

Victoria Lopez

Victoria Lopez

Victoria Lopez
Consultant

Victoria Lopez came to the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.  As a Management Consultant for the Small Business Development Center, she works closely with clients as they prepare to start a business or as they plan to grow their existing enterprise. Victoria helps her clients by providing assistance with business and strategic planning, marketing and financial analysis. As part of the Internship Initiative that was launched in 2014, Victoria also serves SBDC clients and member companies by connecting small business owners to the large pool of student talent at the University.

In addition to her work as a Management Consultant, Victoria also works closely with other consultants to prepare and plan for educational programing, mainly through her involvement with the First, Second and Third Step programs that are designed to help start-up businesses. As a new initiative, Victoria has made strides to connect to the Latino community in the Greater Pittsburgh Area in order to provide educational programs and consulting services to Spanish speakers.

Catherine Tyson

Catherine Tyson

Catherine Tyson
Senior Management Consultant

Since 1991, Catherine Tyson has functioned as an integral component to the success of the Institute. In addition to providing superior consulting services to thousands of clients at the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center, she has also manifested the growth and perpetual success of innumerable regional Pittsburgh companies.

Tyson has utilized her consulting expertise to develop the Emerging Enterprise Program, a program generated around educating, managing and directing teams of student consultants. Over the years the program has grown to represent one of the Institute’s most valued company bedrocks; together, Tyson and her students provide consulting services to a variety of businesses from every industrial sector.

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Univ. of Pittsburgh SBDC
3520 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
Phone: (412) 648-1542 
 
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