AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) announced Leah Pitts has been named to the new position of regulatory data assistant. Pitts began in her new role May 11.

In the new regulatory data assistant position, Pitts will assist an already established program primarily responsible for all aspects of data reporting, management and analysis for the SBDC Iowa network. Pitts will also assist in the program’s areas of regulatory compliance and market research.

Pitts moves into her new role having previously served with the SBDC as a student intern for the previous three fiscal years. Pitts recently completed her junior year at Iowa State University where she is majoring in Management Information Systems.

“America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to transition Leah into her new role on our team,” says Regulatory Data Coordinator Austin Strawhacker. “Leah brings an incredible work ethic combined with a deep understanding of the SBDC network. Leah will undoubtedly be able hit the ground running on day one. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our network, which will benefit our center directors, counselors and clients. We look forward to Leah’s transition and the broad skill set she brings to our existing team.”

America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, Hotline 515-294-1222, email

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Iowa has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the SBDC has helped Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training workshops.

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Stacy Dreyer, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-5595,
Lisa Shimkat, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,