Business Counselor for Iowa State University SBDC Becomes CBGP®

Sheri Benson, Business Counselor for Iowa State University SBDC

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Sheri Benson, Business Counselor for Iowa State University SBDC, Ames, has achieved certification in the Certified Global Business Professional® (CGBP) program.

The CGBP® program, developed by NASBITE International, confirms knowledge in international trade. The designation shows employers and the public that the individual is proficient in global business and capable of working with the level of expertise and professionalism that is required in today’s competitive environment.

Prior to joining ISU’s SBDC, Sheri Benson enjoyed a dynamic career in insurance and financial services through helping sales professionals build vibrant businesses. Most recently, Sheri has been engaged in small consulting projects and volunteering on public education boards. Sheri is a strong advocate for small business and the value they add to their local communities.

Lisa Shimkat, State Director, America’s SBDC Iowa, says, “Sheri has been a wonderful addition to our team. We are extremely happy with all she has already accomplished and I am proud of her hard work and the dedication she put forth to achieve this certification.”

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.

For more information on America’s SBDC Iowa programs or services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit or

Brianna Hall, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294- 2030,
Lisa Shimkat, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,