Dennison completes small business counselor certification

Tommy Dennison, business counselor at Western Carolina University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, has successfully completed the National Development Council’s Economic Development Finance Professional certification program.

The nationally recognized program includes three weeklong classes and requires passing a rigorous four- to five-hour examination following each class. The training focuses on creating opportunities in the following areas: business credit, real estate finance analysis, loan packaging procedures, negotiating and problem-solving skills, and deal structuring techniques.

Dennison completed the certification in a cohort with 15 other staff members of the Small Business and Technology Development Center, a statewide business advisory service of the University of North Carolina system administered by N.C. State University and operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“We are committed to ensuring our counselors are as knowledgeable as possible,” Scott Daugherty, State Director of the SBTDC, said of the certification achievement. “The advanced competencies resulting from the EDFP certification will enhance the SBTDC’s capacity to help small to medium sized businesses secure capital to sustain growth.”

Dennison joined WCU’s small business program in 2013. He counsels, trains and provides support to small and midsize businesses with a concentration on the seven westernmost counties in Western North Carolina.

The SBTDC provides management counseling and education services to businesses throughout North Carolina from 16 offices across the state. For more information, visit

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