Welcome to your North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center

Serving: Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho Counties

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406 Main Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

(208) 792-2465

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Meet the Staff

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Kyle R. Guelcher

Regional Director

(208) 792-2440

Kyle earned a Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Kyle’s relevant work experience includes practicing law for over fifteen years. During that time, he assisted corporations with a variety of issues, including complex commercial litigation, contracts, intellectual property, and day-to-day legal advice.

For over five years, Kyle was a SCORE certified mentor where he assisted businesses in Western Massachusetts start, grow, and succeed through mentoring, advising, and providing workshops on a variety of topics.

Throughout his career, Kyle served on the boards of nonprofits and the board of trustees of his undergraduate institution. In addition, Kyle was an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He participated on many committees, including the Business Law Section, Strategic Planning, and he was the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division. Kyle is a former member of the American Bar Association’s and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s House of Delegates. In those positions, he participated in legislation and contributed to rule changes.

Although Kyle does not practice law in Idaho, and he does not provide legal advice, Kyle looks forward to using his education, experience, and knowledge to help businesses be successful.

Todd Broadman

Business Consultant

(208) 301-3093

Todd has been assisting local area businesses in Latah Country since 2015. In addition to consulting, he teaches a course in Marketing at Lewis-Clark State College and serves as Treasurer of the Latah County Human Rights Task Force. He helps guide entrepreneurial ventures that emerge from the University of Idaho.

His post-secondary degrees are in Marketing and International Management and much of his business career was spent in the high technology sector overseas. His small business experience includes being principal in a couple of software startups. His process with SBDC clients is to raise their business awareness and clarify their vision – so that clients can see their goals and know how to realize them.

When not assisting SBDC clients, the focus of his life is being a parent to his two children. Hobbies include: tai chi, tennis, music, writing, and continuous learning.

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Susan Pettit

Business Consultant

(208) 792-2186

Susan is a Business Consultant for the North Central Idaho SBDC Office. She is a published artist, author, as well as the owner of S. Pettit Gallery.

She has worked as a graphic designer, freelance illustrator, and fine artist for over 40 years. She has written and illustrated a Rose Trilogy, Enjoy Roses Every Day – How to Romance “The Rose” with Passion, and Color My World.

She draws and paints prophetic artwork in acrylics, graphite, and pastels. She has also worked with small businesses as a floral grower and designer with retail sales over the years. 

Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art with an emphasis in English from Pensacola Christian College and has taught art for non-credit classes at Lewis-Clark State College.

Tim McDonald

Rural Business Consultant

(208) 983-8302

Tim McDonald has degrees in Economics, Civil Engineering and International Economics all from the University of Washington. He spent years in East Africa as an Engineer for USAID and then returned to the States to build a 30 year career as a Heavy Construction Estimator, Small Business Owner, Entrepreneur and Jack of All Trades.

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Susan Jacobson

Rural Business Consultant

Susan has been a small business owner for over 30 years and a business strategy consultant/grant writer in both the for profit and nonprofit world for the past 20 years. In fact, her first business plan was created with help from the SBDC. As a Team Leader for the USA to the 2012 London Olympic, Susan has an extensive background in recreation and recreation-based business models. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and uses that teaching background to help others grow not only their knowledge but true understanding.

In addition to being a rural business consultant, she owns an orchard and wedding venue in the town of Peck, ID. With a passion for helping people develop to their full potential, assisting those folks do the same for their business is as meaningful to Susan as those she serves.

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Gracie Bonson

Administrative Assistant

Gracie was born and raised in Lewiston and has lived there her whole life. She has been taking college courses for Business related information. Gracie enjoys being outside in the valley and she loves how everyone is so connected here. Gracie is so excited to be part of the team!

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Lauren Cooper

Junior Business Consultant/Work Scholar

(208) 792-2465

Lauren was raised in the small town of Rathdrum, Idaho. She is currently a student at Lewis-Clark State College where she is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management.

She began working at the Idaho Small Business Development Center in August of 2022 as a Work Scholar. In addition to her academic and professional pursuits, Lauren serves as the Business President of the Accounting and Business Student Organization at her college.

Lauren’s goal is to gain valuable insights into business practices and professionalism. She is excited to contribute to the growth and success of small businesses during her time at the Idaho SBDC.

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