As Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) continues to grow to better serve small businesses in the Pittsburgh region, the Center has announced three new hires.

The hires are all external, grant-funded positions spurred by the surge in demand for help by small businesses in the face of COVID-19.

The following new hires will join the team on May 18:

  • Cynthia Oliver-Business Consultant: Oliver comes to the SBDC with extensive experience in Chambers of Commerce, and business planning and development. She has also counseled and coached numerous entrepreneurs. Additionally, she has served as an advisor to numerous students in the field of business administration.
  • Gary Plourde-Business Consultant/Technology Commercialization: Plourde comes to the SBDC with varied experiences in product/idea development and intellectual property. As an attorney with specialization in patents and intellectual property consulting, he will be an asset to technology developers desiring to commercialize into businesses.
  • Lisa Walker-Administrative Assistant: Walker joins the SBDC from a varied background in real estate and customer service. Additionally, she has experience in account management and retail.

"Each of our new hires brings unique experience and perspective," said Rich Longo, interim director of Duquesne's SBDC. "We look forward to working with our new team members to better serve and assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in our region."

For more information about the SBDC or to inquire about services, visit, email or call (412) 396-1633.


Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The Universitys academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

It's time for bigger goals
. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

News Information

News Type

News Releases


May 06, 2020