Serving: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone Counties

Post Falls Region

North Idaho College SBDC

525 W. Clearwater Loop
Post Falls, ID 83854-9400
208.665.5085

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Bonner Business Center

804 Airport Way
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208.263.4073

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Staff

William Jhung, Region 1 Director

Region Director

208.769.3284
william_jhung@nic.edu

Bill has served as the Director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center at the North Idaho College since October 2005. Prior to joining Idaho SBDC, Bill served as the Executive Pastor of a large church. He has also performed strategic planning and organizational alignment for World Vision, an international relief and development agency.

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As an entrepreneur he started two ventures and turned around two failing businesses. He also worked as a management consultant to Fortune 1000 companies in manufacturing, service, and non-profit industries. He began his career designing, building and running manufacturing plants.

Bill holds an MBA with a focus in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business. While at Wharton he also served as a senior consultant for the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

Mike Wells

Business Coach

208.769.7864
mdwells@nic.edu

Mike has over 25 year experience in the hospitality and food and beverage industry. For over 10 years he was the COO/CFO for a west coast restaurant company that had 60 restaurants and did in excess of $80 million in annual sales. He has held the title of Controller, Director of Internal Audit, and Chief Financial Officer for various companies ranging from $16 million to $1 billion in sales.

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Mike joined the Post Falls Small Business Development Center in December of 2007. He is a CPA and has extensive experience with software design and implementation of accounting, project management and treasury systems. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in computer science.

Don Bennett

Business Coach

208.665.5085
DWbennett@nic.edu

Don served as a civil engineer with the USDA Forest Service for 25 years, worked 2 years in short term training at North Idaho College, and retired as VP of MOR Manufacturing after 17 years. Don and his wife, Anneke, also owned and operated a Christian book store for 12 years. He joined the Post Falls Small Business Development Center in January 2007.

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Don is an avid reader of books and articles on business, lean manufacturing, quality and leadership. He is a registered professional engineer with a Master’s Degree in Education and is a Six Sigma Green Belt graduate. He has extensive experience with ISO 9001: 2000 quality systems. Don is committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement and has a passion for developing and sharing learning resources.

Julie Gibbs

Business Coach

208.665.5085
jfgibbs@nic.edu

Julie brings extensive experience in leadership, business planning, cost control, and operations to the Idaho SBDC. During a 30-year career in the petroleum industry she held various leadership positions for a Fortune 100 company. Her responsibilities included leading multi-million dollar capital projects. She also participated on executive teams responsible for multi-national investment decisions. Throughout her career, Julie served as a mentor to many industry colleagues. She enjoys helping others set and achieve goals for career success.

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Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. She also has an associate’s degree in mechanical/architectural drafting. She is a certified business coach with the Idaho SBDC.

George Atchley

Export Business Coach

208.665.5085
gwatchley@nic.edu

George has been in domestic and international sales and marketing, primarily in medical, law enforcement, military, and consumer industries. Until retirement, he was the VP of Sales and Marketing for a business. With his leadership the business grew from few million in sales to over $100 million with over 500 employees.

He has also been an entrepreneur running his own sales and marketing organization.

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In February 2013 he joined the Small Business Development Center in Post Falls, Idaho as an Export Business Coach focusing on helping businesses enter into the international markets.

Susan Bauerle

Administrative Assistant

p: 208.665.5085 f: 208.769.3223
isbdc@nic.edu

Susan is the Office Manager/Training Coordinator for the Region I Idaho Small Business Development Center in Post Falls. She assists in helping new and existing businesses thrive and grow. Susan coordinates the training workshops and manages the Post Falls SBDC office.