Points of Pride

Katie Van Dyke, SBDC Civic Engagement Grant

Katie Van Dyke, Director, CSU SBDCCleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement has announced the recipients of its third cycle of Faculty Civic Engagement Grants and Katie Van Dyke, Director of the Small Business Development Center within the Monte Ahuja College of Business has received a civic enhancement grant. The Small Business Development Center provides support to 235 local entrepreneurs to help their businesses become successful.

The Civic Engagement Grant program recognizes faculty and staff who embody CSU’s passion for engaged learning by creatively connecting classroom, campus and community. Grants range from $2,500 to $5,000 have been awarded to 16 faculty and staff members representing an array of disciplines. The grant program is a partnership with the Office of the Provost, which funds the awards.

“CSU is committed to expanding students’ learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting by providing them opportunities to learn by doing in the community,” said Director of Community Partnerships Julian Rogers. “The community benefits from CSU’s resources, including our talented students, faculty and staff. And we strive to make our students’ experience so positive that it sparks a lifelong interest in civic engagement.”

This is the third year that the SBDC has been awarded the Civic Engagement Grant.

Katie was also quoted in the September/October 2016 issue of Cleveland Business Connects magazine for her work with one of her clients, Cal Al-Dhubaig, entrepreneur, data scientist and now consultant on staff at the Cleveland State University SBDC. You can read the article here.

In 2015, Katie and the SBDC were recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Cleveland District Office with the Ohio Small Business Development Center Services Excellence and Innovation AwardThis award honors the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for its excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation (learn more here).

Learn more about the Small Business Development Center here.