Serving: Adams, Valley, Washington, Boise, Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee Counties

Southwest Idaho

Regional Office - BSU Micron Business & Economics Building

2360 West University Drive, Suite 2132
Boise, ID, 83706

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Boise Business Accelerator

520 West Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83720
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Nampa Business Accelerator

5465 East Terralinda Way
Nampa, ID 83687
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Doug Covey

Region Director


Doug joined the Idaho SBDC as Region III Director in 2015. Prior to joining the Idaho SBDC, Doug served as an executive for a cloud-based software company where he directed a cross-function team on strategic initiatives targeted to improve the customer experience. For 12 years he was CEO for an education service provider where he restructured the company while creating top line growth and reducing expenses. He held business management positions with the nation’s largest outdoor retailer for 10 years and has consulted with existing and start-up businesses.


He co-founded the Kids at Hope Association and established a joint partnership with the Kids at Hope Organization by creating the first Kids at Hope Academy for school-aged youth. He is a volunteer for EF Education First, which provides life-changing education for global citizens. Doug graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Colorado State University with a Master of Science Degree. He grew up in Arizona, migrated to cooler climates throughout the West and fortunate enough to call Boise, Idaho home with his wife, three children and occasional exchange student.

Kim Sherman-Labrum

Training Coordinator/Consultant


Kim started with the Idaho SBDC in 1998 as the regional administrative assistant as she pursued her degree. After several years, she took over the training program and turned it from an under-performing, deficit program to an award winning program with a surplus budget. In 2012, she became a business consultant specializing in online marketing, social media, graphic/web design. Over the years, she has designed curriculum and taught classes on a variety of business and technology topics. She planned and executed a rural outreach program that caught the eye of Google and was featured in a video for their Get Your Business Online program. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Boise State University and recently finished the January 2017 Harvard Business School CORe for which she received a Credential of Readiness.

Debbie Winkler

Senior Business Consultant


Debbie joined the Idaho SBDC in February 2008. Her prior work experience includes the role of Business Improvement Consultant with Boise Business Consulting, a family owned business. Prior to working in the family business, Debbie was Senior Vice President and Manager of National Consumer Training and Associate Development for Bank of America.


In addition, Debbie was Vice President and Manager of Business Banking for First Republic Bank, and Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Commercial Banking Group, for First Republic Bank (a predecessor of Bank of America). Debbie is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Steven Miller

Business Consultant


Steve Miller is a seasoned marketing professional with proven success in the development of hardware, software, services and infrastructure for a Fortune 100 global technology company. He is recognized for possessing a high level of general business sense and common sense which have contributed to the development of effective strategies and solutions that impact the bottom line.


Steve received his BS in Business from the University of Montana and his MBA from Boise State University. He spent seven years in the banking industry and the last 22 years at HP here in Boise. He even spent time on the Valdez Oil Spill, which provided a rich environment for crazy, exciting adventure. After many years in the workforce, Steve left the corporate scene and has joined the SBDC on his journey to discover his new calling.

Steve moved to Boise in 1985 from Kalispell, MT. He and his wife have two children, a couple of dogs, a cat and an ongoing discussion about how crowded their landscaping should be. He enjoys living in Idaho as that allows him to pursue his passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

John Glerum

Business Consultant

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John has extensive experience at the executive level with the Heinz Company, as CEO and COO of six affiliates ranging in sales from $10 million to $1 billion. Extensive hands-on and consulting experience with business start-ups, planning, development, cost improvement, quality management, operations and acquisitions. John has an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance.

Will Fowler

Entrepreneur Initiatives Manager


Will Fowler joined the Idaho Small Business Development Center as the Regional Entrepreneur Initiatives Manager, in January of 2016. Will has both operational and leadership experience working inside startups in roles specializing in marketing, business development and operations. Prior to joining the Idaho SBDC, Will spent five years working with Boise Angle Alliance, and is still active with Loon Creek Capital Group, which has been instrumental in forming and administering Boise's only Angel Funds that have invested over $11.8 million in promising local startups.


Through his work helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses, Will has picked up a specialty in using the Business Model Canvas combined with elements of the Lean Startup approach to craft intensive, action-based programs.
Will holds a B.A. from the College of Idaho, a M.F.A. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and a M.B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University.

In his free time you can catch Will on the ski slopes, traveling, reading the latest/greatest fiction or business books (not mutually exclusive), or making a fool out of himself to get smiles out of his wife and kids.

Shaunda Gates

Administrative Assistant


Shaunda is a small business enthusiast, currently pursuing a degree in business and eventually a small business of her own.


Shaunda has experience working for both large and small businesses, as well as within the State of Idaho and the US military. Shaunda is an energetic and enthusiastic individual constantly seeking new challenges.

Marissa Goff

Building Manager


As the “Building Queen” of the Nampa Business Accelerator, Marissa wears many hats while keeping the 38,000 square foot facility standing. She helps our acceleration clients get moved in, she addresses all facility issues and requests and keeps the phones and networks running like clockwork.


She handles everything from keys to leaks in the roof.

Before joining the SBDC, she worked at Hewlett Packard testing (or breaking) printers for quality assurance. At home she is a full-time dance, soccer, and basketball mom who loves to spend time with her family.