Victor C. Pavona is the Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC),
Kent State University at Stark. Victor has 40 years of experience in all facets of business management at the corporate and small business ownership levels.  During his career, he has purchased distressed companies, returned them to health and sold them.  Along the way, he has participated in a White House Conference on Energy, a Harvard Business School Study on improving industry and consumer relations and a Michigan State University research project that established  and published a guiding set of entrepreneurial principals.  Victor has traveled worldwide, is a Canton native, Vietnam Veteran and Kent State alumnus. 

Email: vpavona@cantonsbdc.org 
Holly Bolinger is the Certified Business Advisor at the Ohio Small Business Development Center, Kent State University at Stark.  With 20 years of experience in commercial lending and nine years of business ownership, Holly is a valuable asset to the Stark and Wayne County areas.  Her career began at National Bank of Detroit where she was involved with several segments of commercial lending, including middle market, small business, and asset based lending. Subsequent commercial lending positions honed her skills in workout/turnaround management and management of commercial lending departments.  

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SBDC?
Amy Schwitzgable serves as the Program Assistant at the Small Business Development Center. She assists in the program registration process and provides information on various programs. Amy comes to us with over 24 years of Administrative Assistant experience. She is dedicated to offering excellent customer service and support to each client.

Email:  aschwitz@kent.edu
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​After leaving banking in 2000, Holly became an entrepreneur, starting a full service embroidery firm. In 2004, Holly also joined the staff of the Small Business Development Center and successfully completed an intensive certification process. In this position she assists existing and prospective small business owners with whatever challenges they are facing.

Mrs. Bolinger is a past Treasurer and Trustee for Voices of Canton, Inc. (VOCI) and past Board member of the Great Trail Girl Scouts Council and the Jackson YMCA.

A Detroit native and a Malone alumnus, Holly and her family currently reside in 
Jackson Township.

Email: hbolinger@cantonsbdc.org