February 09, 2011

Lindberg earns technology counselor certification

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Lynn Andersen Lindberg, director of business innovation and research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is now a certified technology counselor.

Lindberg recently earned the national certification from the Association of Small Business Development Centers in recognition of her expertise in five core competency areas: technology transfer and commercialization, research and development funding, intellectual property issues, technology networking/resource identification and alternative financing (equity).

The designation as certified technology counselor is reserved for counselors who provide assistance with commercialization and growth to companies that develop advanced innovative technologies.

“Since returning to the Illinois SBDC at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Lynn’s focus has included technology, innovation, market development and sustainability with an emphasis on expanding SBDC and Incubator program services in these areas. As a ‘Certified Technology Counselor’ she will play a key role in the Illinois SBDC’s pursuit of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) designation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers,” said Mark A. Petrilli, state director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center in Springfield.

Lindberg has more than 25 years of experience working with businesses through several of the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network programs at SIUC and elsewhere. She has assisted hundreds of clients, primarily involved in manufacturing, technology and innovation, and has developed and directed a variety of entrepreneurship and technology development training programs. She recently facilitated Operation Mousetrap, an entrepreneurial technology transfer program for SIUC faculty researchers and scientists.

“Lynn’s certification by the ASBDC as a technology counselor is national recognition of the knowledge base that SIUC’s economic development program staff members have. With the University’s record level of research grants and contracts this year, our staff are continuing to provide support to faculty and staff interested in commercializing their inventions,” said Kyle Harfst, executive director of the Southern Illinois Research Park and director of technology and enterprise development for SIUC.

Lindberg is a double alumna of SIUC, earning her master’s of business administration in 1984 and her bachelor of science in business administration in 1983 with a concentration in public administration. She has also completed numerous graduate-level supplemental courses in international business, product strategy and management, brand management, statistics and workforce development.

For more information about the various business and technology assistance programs at SIUC, including the Illinois Small Business Development Center, look online at www.growsi.com, call 618/536-2424 or e-mail sbdc@siu.edu.