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Claudia Allen

Claudia Allen

Business Consultant Small Business Development Center

Office: BA 327

(208) 282-2817

B.S. Idaho State University

Currently enrolled in MBA

Claudia brings her history of banking, marketing and bookkeeping to her work as a consultant for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She has a bachelor's degree in marketing from ISU and is currently pursuing the MBA. Claudia says her favorite part of her job is helping people to achieve their dreams and seeing the gratitude she receive from her clients.

Dan Cravens

Dan Cravens, JD, DBA

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management, Bengal Solutions Director

Office: BA 334

(208) 282-4694

DBA, Argosy University- Salt Lake City

JD, Gonzaga University School of Law

MA, Regent University

BA, Quincy University

Dr. Cravens is a native of Quincy, Illinois.  He graduated from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.  He continued his education at Gonzaga University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate.  After law school, he served as an executive for several years with a successful educational start-up company located in the Purdue University Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.  While serving as an executive he continued his education and received a Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in political management from Regent University.  After leaving the educational startup company Dr. Cravens served as an economist for the Idaho Department of Labor.  While at the Idaho Department of Labor pursued a Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University - Salt Lake City.  He completed that degree in 2016, and has been with the College of Business since 2015.  In addition to his duties as the director of Bengal Solutions, Dr. Cravens teaches management courses related to organizational behavior, the legal environment of business, and entrepreneurship.

Samantha Damron

Eastern Idaho Development Corporation

Office: 1651 Alvin Ricken Dr, Pocatello

(208) 232-4921

David O'Connell

TechHelp Manufacturing Specialist / Consultant

Office: BA 329

(208) 282-3928

Jeff Street

Jeff Street, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management, Director of CEED

Office: BA 335

(208) 282-3162

Ph.D., University of Georgia
MBA, University of Tennessee
BSME, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Street holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. His areas of research and teaching bridge his dual interests in strategic management and operations management, particularly where processes and systems germane where operations management can be leveraged to achieve competitive advantage.

Ann Swanson

Ann Swanson, M.H.A., M.S.G.

Director, Small Business Development Center Region V

Office: BA 328

(208) 282-4402

Ann Swanson is the Director of the Region V Small Business Development Center at the ISU College of Business. In this position since 2015, Ann is responsible for helping local businesses grow and improve their bottom lines. SBDC services are free and include business plans, capital formation, marketing plans, employee hiring, and buying / selling a business.  See details here:

Ann began working in web communications in 2000. Her career includes web development and marketing director at Portneuf Regional Medical Center; marketing director at Idaho State University College of Business, and owning her own small business. She has two Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California and has been a marketing professor at Idaho State University. Ann joined the Idaho SBDC in 2011.