Russell is a native of the Southern Tier of New York but traveled to Dayton, Ohio to attend Dayton Bible College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Since graduating, he has continued his studies in Business Administration and Management.
He brings over 40 years of economic development and business creation/counseling experience to the SBDC, 35 of which was concentrated in Business Incubation, including Concept to Commercialization for a variety of business genres. Until recently he was also the owner/President of Incubation Operations, Training and Applications (IOTA), headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In terms of leadership, Russ has held a variety of positions: Director of the WESST Enterprise Center, Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University, and Director of the Tech Ventures division for a non-profit in Southeastern, Ohio, just to name a few. His extensive background continues to attract several interested small business owners.
“I’m very excited to become a member of the SBDC team,” Russell said. “This will give me a further opportunity to push entrepreneurs toward success. I will be able to use not only my education, extensive training, and consulting experience but also my business ownership experience, which is unique.”
Join us in welcoming Russell V. Combs to the Duquesne University SBDC!