Clark University announced that it has appointed Robert P. Spellane as interim regional director of the Clark University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). In this role, he will lead the Center's efforts to mentor and support aspiring and existing small business owners while contributing to the region's broader business ecosystem.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with a talented team of advisors across Central Massachusetts, and I am energized by entrepreneurs and their dreams,” said Spelaine.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network is comprised of six regional offices strategically located throughout Massachusetts. SBDC Business Advisors helps small businesses start, grow, and sustainably by providing high-quality, in-depth advice, training, access to capital, and connecting clients with communities such as chambers of commerce, community development corporations, and economic development organizations. Promote sex. .
Spelaine brings a wealth of experience and expertise to SBDC with a strong background in public service and mission-driven organizations and extensive community involvement. Mr. Spelaine served as a member of the 13th State House of Representatives as a respected and accomplished professional with a deep understanding of public policy and governance. From 2001 to 2011, he served in the Worcester District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and then served as Vice President of Strategic Resources and Initiatives for the Massachusetts Federation of Community Health Centers for 12 years.
Since 2019, Spelaine has served as executive director of the Master of Public Administration in Advanced Leadership program, where he also serves as a professor of practice. His acumen and connections with the Clark University community help foster collaborations and initiatives that benefit SBDC clients and contribute to the region's broader economic growth.
“We are very pleased to have Bob assume this interim role at SBDC,” said Alan Ritacco, Clark University's vice president for external affairs. “His extensive experience in public service and entrepreneurship, as well as his deep ties to the community and Clark, make him the perfect candidate. I look forward to making an impact.”
Spelane earned a Master of Public Administration degree. Graduated from McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston with a bachelor's degree. in Political Science from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.