Profile | Michelle Skiljan
Michelle Skiljan serves as executive director of the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Women Business Centers. The WBCs are small business assistance programs partially funded by the US Small Business Administration. The WBCs, programs of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration at California State University San Bernardino, have offices in Riverside, Colton, Palm Desert and a part-time office in Corona. During Michelle’s tenure, the Women’s Business Center Programs have raised over 5 million dollars in federal and match funding, trained over 50,000 workshop participants, provided business counseling for over 3,500 business owners and generated regional economic impact of 18 million dollars.
She came to the IEWBC with an extensive business background of consulting and management and has over twenty years working closely with a small business owner. She has three years of experience at the University of California Riverside overseeing grant funded entrepreneurial programs and three years of delivering consulting and training services to small businesses as a consultant at the Inland Empire SBDC. Michelle was recognized by the National Association of Women’s Business Owners Inland Empire Chapter as the 2014 Corporate Entrepreneur and in 2007 she was recognized as a Community Bridge Builder.
She has also been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration District IX as Women’s Business Center Director of the year. Michelle has a BS in information management and a MBA in entrepreneurship from California State University San Bernardino.