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Collin Small Business Development Center Names New Director



Collin Small Business Development Center Names New Director

March 30, 2007 - Marta Gómez Frey knows what it takes to make a business succeed, and she is teaching current and aspiring business owners how to do just that. Frey was recently named director of the Collin Small Business Development Center.

The center is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas and Collin College.  Frey started learning about business development following college, when she went to work for her family's engineering design firm. While her father handled the technical side, Frey focused on directing the business aspects of the company.

"It was baptism by fire," Frey said. "I had to find places like the Small Business Development Center to help me learn about business- places that could help me help the company."

Frey worked in many roles in the business over a period of 12 years, starting as a project manager and ending as a vice president. Her work inspired her to become an active part of the small business community, participating in numerous minority business and small business organizations.

Frey started work as a part-time consultant for Collin's Small Business Development Center in 2000. She continued her work at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business, where she served as the assistant director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship from 2002 to 2006.

Frey is excited to be back at the Collin Small Business Development Center, and she looks forward to working with the local community and the staff at the center.

"Small businesses make up 99 percent of all businesses in the U.S., and they employ 50 percent of all American workers. In Collin County, we have the opportunity to reach more companies than ever before. It is my passion to help these entrepreneurs create a dynamic economic impact in our community," Frey said.

The Collin Small Business Development Center offers one-on-one business counseling at no charge, low-cost or no-cost training opportunities and free research tools. More than 15 counselors with expertise ranging from marketing to taxes to franchising are available to help current and aspiring business owners.

For more information on the Small Business Development Center, please call 972.985.3770 or visit www.collinsbdc.com.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.