Team

Our team stands ready to help you achieve your business goals. Need help in business plan development, market research, social media and outreach strategies? We have advisors who specialize in those areas. Need assistance locating financing options, loan structuring, cash flow analysis, or financial projections? Yeah, we do that too.
David Riggs

David Riggs

Director & Business Advisor

513-727-3686
riggsdl2@MiamiOH.edu

SBDC Director and Business Advisor®, David Riggs consults with companies on behalf of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Miami Regionals. As a previous owner of three successful companies dating back to 1983, David understands how to take a business idea and make it a success story. With a key focus on Business Plan Development, David assists clients in creating legitimate Financial Projections. He is a Certified Business Advisor and Workshop Facilitator. Key achievements include recognition as “Business Mentor of the Year” by the State of Ohio SBDC Network. David is also a recipient of the State of Ohio Congressional Award for Business Development.


Sangmi Kim

Sangmi Kim

Business Advisor

513-727-3686
kimsj4@MiamiOH.edu

Sangmi Kim is a business advisor who is dedicated to serving entrepreneurs and small business owners. Her specialties are developing business strategies, formulating financial projections, and providing training to new business owners. As a business advisor, Sangmi is committed to helping small businesses in Ohio succeed as they are critical to our economy, creating jobs and opportunities for our community. Sangmi graduated with a Finance/Strategy MBA and Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University in 2016. She has worked as a research scientist with University of Cincinnati for 6 years prior to becoming a business advisor and lawyer. She has 5 years of experience running an online retail shop. She provides pro bono legal counseling for selected immigration cases.


Debbie Bernardo

Debbie Myers-Bernardo

Director, Ohio Export Assistance Network

513-727-3686
myersbdr@MiamiOH.edu

As Director, Ohio Export Assistance Network, Debbie Myers-Bernardo’s role is to counsel and assist companies throughout the Cincinnati region who want to either begin exporting their products and services or expand their current footprint into international markets. A graduate of Miami University, Debbie’s expertise is in international trade. Her career includes working with multinational corporations specializing in the establishment of multiple global Trade Compliance and Logistics departments. She has managed culturally diverse teams in the U.S., Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East overseeing the transport, export and import of capital equipment, spares and bill of material items. By working directly with international government agencies and Customs officials, she built successful foundations to support simultaneous new manufacturing builds in several countries. She is also a past recipient of the Ohio’s Governor’s Excellence Award in Exporting.


James D. Buckner

James D. Buckner

Vice President Business Counseling

513-727-3686
bucknejd@MamiOH.edu

James Buckner, consults with companies on behalf of the Small Business Development Center at Miami Regionals. Jim’s career path prior to joining the SBDC in 2018 includes being an executive on the Blue-Chip Campaign for Economic Development for Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, an executive appointment to the Greater Cincinnati US Regional Chamber and a consultant, where he functioned as an interim executive in various businesses. Since coming to the SBDC, Jim has continued to achieve a diversified strategic growth in assisting clients with access to capital, increasing sales and new job creation.