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John Peterson

Penn State Small Business Development Center
Interim Director
University Park
John Peterson joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant and is the Interim Director of the Penn State SBDC. John’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners within Centre and Mifflin counties.

John has more than 15 years of business management experience in various industries, including private ownership, private equity, venture capital, and publicly-held businesses. Working with high-growth companies—ranging in size from early-stage development to globally-recognized organizations—has given John the opportunity to work with not only hundreds of small businesses, but also with some of the world’s largest names in consumer and industrial products. John has experience working within the manufacturing, technology, Lean, Six Sigma, safety, quality systems, environmental law, sales, supply chain, consumer products, life science, operational excellence, inventory control, engineering, product development, leadership development, purchasing, industrial products, and food and beverage industries.

John is actively involved in scouting, numerous local youth sports organizations, and as a director on the Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Board.