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

Impacting North Central Idaho with our no-cost consulting & affordable training

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Meet the Staff

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Kyle R. Guelcher

Regional Director

(208) 792-2583

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.

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Todd Broadman

Business Consultant

(208) 301-3093

After graduating from Thunderbird’s global management program, Todd held industrial marketing and project management posts in the data communications sector. He was principal in a software services provider startup and has consulted with both large and small firms.

His focus is on identifying and building strategic competitive advantage – and has taught related courses at University of Idaho. After working abroad in China, Hong Kong, and England, he found Moscow, Idaho in 2000 and considers it the best place in the world to raise his two children.

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Susan Pettit

Program Coordinator

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Susan is the Program Coordinator for the North Central Idaho SBDC Office. She is a published artist and author as well as the owner of S. Pettit Gallery. She also teaches non-credit art classes at LCSC.

Susan has worked as a graphic designer, freelance illustrator and fine artist for over 30 years. Recently she self-published a book which she wrote and illustrated called, “Color My World”.
She has also worked with small businesses as both a floral grower and designer along with retail

Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Art with an emphasis in English from Pensacola Christian College.

Tim McDonald

Rural Business Consultant


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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Diane Hairston

Rural Business Consultant

Diane’s family has owned and operated both Hairston Farms – raising and selling game birds throughout the northwest, and Little Canyon Shooting – offering hunting and lodge accommodations in Peck Idaho, for over 25 years. In addition she has 15 years of experience working for the Idaho Department of Labor in the five counties of north central Idaho. She managed the local Orofino office for 5 years and spent 4 years as a regional business specialist utilizing sector strategy and partnering with industry, education, and economic development to cultivate workforce training projects for in-demand occupations. Diane has a strong knowledge of workforce resources for business, federal registered apprenticeships, as well as federal and state employment services and programs. Her career has been
firmly rooted in providing excellent customer service through a variety of occupations. Diane holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Literary Studies and Theatre from Eastern Washington University.

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Lauren Cooper

Work Study

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 Nursing with a minor in Business Administration.

She began working at the Idaho Small Business Development Center in August of 2022 as a Work Study. Her goal at the Idaho SBDC is to gain knowledge on business practices and professionalism. She is very excited to learn as much as she can during her time at the Idaho SBDC.

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Nate Drobish

Work Study

Nate was born in South Dakota and moved out to Orofino following his dad’s work in 2008. He graduated from Orofino as a salutatorian and subsequently continued his education at LCSC, where he will be graduating soon with a Bachelor’s in General Business on top of his already obtained Associates of Applied Science in Collision Repair (Automotive Body and Paint). He loves the outdoors and enjoys anything from fishing, camping/backpacking, skiing/waterskiing, mountain biking/road biking, soccer, kayaking, swing dancing, horseback riding, and working on his classic cars. Nate intends to use his degrees to further his career in classic automotive restoration and operate his own shop, close to his childhood home in Orofino.

Our Host Universities & Affiliates
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