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Professional Staff

Director, Colleen Merrill

Colleen Merrill is no stranger to small business ownership and management. She currently co-owns and operates an area rental properties management business. Her background includes deep experience in mechanical contracting. Having that essential, in-the-trenches understanding of the challenges and needs of small business is integral to her role at the SBDC.

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Small Business Management and Development
  • Real Estate Development

Contact her by e-mail at
or by phone at (920) 424-1456

Phil Florek, Senior Business Consultant

Phil has more than forty years of management experience including over ten years of recent experience as president or CEO of family and closely-held businesses. His background also includes a number of years experience in mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies. Among his specialties:

  • Debt and equity financing options for established businesses

  • Improving financial performance of a business

  • Revitalizing sales, marketing and customer service

  • Business and Strategic Planning

Contact him by e-mail at
or by phone at (920) 424-2022

VACANT, Business Consultant


Marketing Research Intern

A student in the UW Oshkosh College of Business assists the consulting staff in conducting business feasibility studies and new market assessments for a wide range of clients, including small and medium-size enterprises, and economic development organizations in Northeast Wisconsin.