Business Advisor

Posting Details

Position Title

Business Advisor

Additional Information

The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center ( ECI - SBDC ) creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources. Ball State University serves as the host for the ECI - SBDC .

It is possible that we may fill multiple positions from this posting.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Fiscal Year - FT Contract

Position Function

Have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana.

Minimum Education

Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in business, accounting, communications or related field.

Minimum Experience

Three years experience in business and/or industry management experience. Significant, successful small business ownership or management experience can be substituted for academic qualifications.

Minimum Other


Demonstrated experience in counseling, consulting, or advising businesses

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Demonstrated experience with case and project management skills

Experience in preparing and reviewing business plans and loan packages

Experience with computer hardware and software (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, use of the Internet)

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Masters degree from an accredited college or university in business, accounting, communications or related field.

Preferred Experience

Small business ownership or business management experience; public speaking proficiency; demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with co-workers and supervisors; ability to work effectively with leaders in the private and public sectors.

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised


Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


ECI-Small Business Development Center:105070

Department Information

The minimum salary for this position is $45,000.00.

Department Email or Phone Number

(765) 282-9950

Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Provide small business assistance including one-to-one client counseling in the area of business plan development; analyze, prepare and structure financial statements such as cash flow projections, income statements and balance sheets; provide assistance in automated and manual record keeping systems; assist clients with market related issues such as advertising, promotional functions, market surveys and other related areas; provide assistance with loan applications.



Job Duty

Assess the current needs and skills of individual entrepreneurs using a standardized assessment tool, advise an entrepreneur about the programs and partners which can best assist them in their development process, and create an action plan of assistance steps through the SBDC .



Job Duty

Facilitate and make referrals between entrepreneurs and professional services providers, referring clients, as appropriate, to SBDC volunteer and independent contract consultants and other outside specialists for additional support services.



Job Duty

Engage educational, technical assistance, and government partners. Many programs and partners in Indiana support or assist entrepreneurs. It is the role and responsibility of the SBDC Business Advisor to coordinate and engage their efforts in the process of building an entrepreneurial community.



Job Duty

Engage in advocacy for small business interests by developing and promoting public awareness of SBDC programs and services.



Job Duty

Work independently, is self-motivated, goal oriented, can meet deadlines and work as a team member on projects.



Job Duty

Will work within the regional host institution, a contractual center of the Indiana SBDC Network.



Job Duty

Travel throughout the geographic area served. Early morning and evening meetings may be required.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date


Applications Accepted Through Date


Open Until Filled


Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Master's Transcripts