Miller Takes ASU Helm

January 10th, 2014 by Gwen Green

JONESBORO, Ark. – Familiar faces are taking on new roles at the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University.

Laura Miller became the center director Jan. 1. Miller, former ASU ASBTDC lead business consultant, takes over for Herb Lawrence, who retired after 17 years with ASBTDC.

Robert BahnLaura MillerMiller has been with the center for 13 years and previously held the positions of training coordinator and lead business consultant.  Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Pittsburg State University. She became a Certified Business Advisor through the University of Toledo in 2008.  She was honored by the national Association of Small Business Development Centers as the 2008 State Star for being an exemplary performer and making a significant contribution to the Arkansas SBTDC program.

“Laura Miller understands the challenges small businesses face, having assisted many business owners with starting, managing and growing their businesses,” said Janet Roderick, ASBTDC state director. “The Arkansas State University ASBTDC has an excellent track record of helping small businesses.  Under Laura’s leadership, I am confident the center will continue to serve area entrepreneurs well.”

Robert Bahn has been promoted to lead business consultant. He joined the ASU ASBTDC in November 2009 and became a Certified Business Advisor through the University of Toledo in 2012. Bahn is a graduate of ASU and worked in banking for more than 30 years before joining the center.

The center is part of the ASU College of Business and located in the Delta Center for Economic Development. For information, call (870) 972-3517 or visit

The ASBTDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Business and other institutions of higher education. Through a statewide network of seven offices, ASBTDC assists start-ups, existing businesses, expanding businesses and technology businesses. As the state’s premier business assistance program, the ASBTDC is dedicated to helping small businesses achieve success and to promoting economic development throughout the state.