SBDC Consultants

The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business consulting services are provided by our staff of highly qualified consultants.

Meet Our Team

In addition to practical experience in operating small businesses themselves, our staff have many years of combined business experience and hold a variety of advanced business degrees. The SBDC also taps the expertise of industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and other business professionals to deliver its educational programs.

SBDC Consultant Paul Bucciarelli
Paul Bucciarelli

Paul Bucciarelli is a business consultant with the Duquesne University SBDC and serves in the New Castle/Lawrence County Area. He recently retired from the PNC Financial Services Group after 19 years as a VP - Supply Chain Manager. Paul holds a Master's in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor's degree in Advertising and Journalism from Penn State. He is a part-time faculty member for the Penn State Shenango Campus, and he also serves on the Advisory Board for PSU - Shenango.



Business Consultant
(724) 658-1488
bucciarellip@duq.edu
 
Tunca Cali

Tunca Cali is the Marketing, Training and Informatics Manager of the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center. He earned his MBA degree from Duquesne University. He has worked with several clients over the past years and helped them to develop marketing strategies as well as marketing and coordinating the training events offered by the SBDC.

Marketing, Training and Informatics Manager
(412) 396-1631
calit@duq.edu

 

Business Consultant Donald Lodge
Donald Lodge

Don Lodge is a Business Consultant at the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center. He is also a certified business coach who has worked with over 100 small business clients since 2002.  His areas of expertise include profitability improvement, effective sales techniques, and employee relations. 


Business Consultant
(412) 396-5726
lodged@duq.edu
SBDC Consultant Douglas Harding
Douglas Harding

Douglas Harding brings over 35 years of managing international business development activities for various multinational heavy industrial manufacturing companies, including a new venture within PPG Industries. Having traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, Douglas has a deep intuitive understanding of business interactions in diverse cultural settings and has been able to bridge the culture gap to lead new business activities in many international industrial markets.

Douglas has been a Visiting Instructor in Management at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg campus as well as an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Business Administration at PITT’s Oakland campus where he taught Strategic Management and Introduction to Management courses as well as International Economics courses in the Dietrich’s School of Arts & Sciences. Douglas has also taught International Business, Strategic Management and Public Affairs Management in Duquesne University’s A. J. Palumbo School of Business; and International Business courses at Waynesburg University’s Professional MBA program, and a Chatham University.

Business Consultant
hardingd@duq.edu

SBDC Consultant Cynthia Oliver
Cynthia Oliver
Cynthia graduated from the Indiana University of Pa. with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations and a master’s degree in Public Affairs. She is completing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. Cynthia is a nationally certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and a certified Executive Director with GSUSA.

Cynthia has a diverse background with over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in both the public and private sector. She has served as CEO of several local nonprofits including the Girl Scouts, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and most recently as Executive Director of the East Liberty Chamber of Commerce. In the private sector, Cynthia worked for 10 years’ owning and assisting in managing the family’s real estate investment business where she specialized in buying, rehabbing, and marketing residential real estate. Cynthia currently owns and manages The Social Source Marketing, offering digital marketing services to small businesses. 

Business Consultant
oliverc3@duq.edu
SBDC Consultant Gary Plourde
Gary Plourde
Gary has been trained in Medicinal Chemistry and received a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He was published in several peer-reviewed journals during his doctoral training. His focus was breast and prostate cancers and, after completing his doctoral studies, he accepted a position directing the Nucleic Acid Facility at the University of Pennsylvania ("PENN"). After working at PENN, Gary worked for a law firm in New York City and has been involved in all aspects of Intellectual Property. Gary supported boot-strapping inventors and small business entities with their start-up needs, which ranged from patent drafting; sale of patent portfolios; and advising on patent strategy, valuation of IP, and marketing of intangible assets.  He also returned to law school later in his career-entering a Juris Doctoral program in 2015 and completing the JD in 2018. Having completed law school, he is currently a registered US Patent Agent and expects to be a registered US Patent Attorney in 2022.

Business Consultant
plourdeg@duq.edu

Interim Director/Business Consultant

Richard Longo

Interim Director Richard Longo

Rich Longo is currently the Interim Director of Duquesne University/School of Business/ Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where he assists new and existing businesses in the areas of business plan development: financial forecasting/financial statement development: marketing strategy and implementation plans. Rich is also certified in Technology Commercialization.

Previous positions held include Owner/CEO  of RIOL; LLC a boutique consulting firm specializing in Group Medical Practice Management, Pay for Performance, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’S), and Productivity and Quality Outcomes-based physician-based compensation and Senior Vice President, Network Management for Devon Health Services, Inc. King of Prussia, PA, one of the largest regional PPOs in the Northeast.

Rich has also served as adjunct faculty at Robert Morris University and the University of Pittsburgh. Rich received his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (cum laude) from Duquesne University and a Master’s Degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh.

(412) 396-5138
longor@duq.edu

Executive Director

Michele Migliuolo

Michele Migliuolo, a multi-decade advisor, coach, and investor to technology startups, is an entrepreneur who has co-founded five high technology companies in the semiconductor, medical device, and energy sectors. He has decades' experience as an executive in manufacturing and sales of scientific capital equipment and analytical instruments.

Michele is a Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at Duquesne University's Palumbo Donahue School of Business. Recently Michele was an Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, a Venture Development Organization funded in part by the State of Ohio's Third Frontier Fund, and Commercialization Alliance Manager at Innovation Works, the seventh most active seed-stage investor in the United States, where he managed the relationships between member organizations to provide world-class commercialization expertise and take the lead on accelerating technology transfer of federal research performed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Michele is fluent in multiple languages, and is a member of the APS, the ASMS, and the IEEE, and has published over eighty papers, including patents, refereed publications, contributed proceedings, and invited presentations.