PUBLISHED: 5:07 PM on Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Juneau woman named State Star
Alaska Small Business Development Center
The Alaska Small Business Development Center State Director Jason Dinneen announced that Karen Wilke has been selected as the 2007 State Star for the Alaska Small Business Development Center.

"I am pleased to make this announcement, and to recognize Karen Wilke for extraordinary contributions to the work of the Alaska SBDC and small business in Alaska," Dinneen said.

Wilke is the Program Specialist at the Juneau Small Business Development Center in Southeast Alaska. She was chosen by the Alaska SBDC for being an exemplary performer, making a significant contribution to the Alaska SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small business in Southeast Alaska.

"It is an honor to accept this award," said Wilke, "and to have the opportunity to help so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business."

While attending the Association of Small Business Development Centers' national conference in Denver to accept her award, Wilke was also the lucky winner of an ASUS Lamborghini VX2S notebook computer.

America's Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. With about 1,000 centers across the nation, the SBDC network assists approximately 725,000 small businesses every year in face-to-face counseling.