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BreakOut Program
for small businesses ready to move to the next level

A project funded by the
US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office

Meet the BreakOut Engagement Team

Project Lead

Gene Recker: Gene earned his MBA from USI. He now works for USI Outreach and Engagement, working with entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small businesses. In addition to being the project lead, Gene designs and facilitates the group work sessions and provides expertise in facilitation and strategy development. Gene’s time is completely covered by the grant. It does not count towards the 50 hours of contact time with the Resource Team.

Your Breakout Expert Resources

Tonya Brothers Bridge: Tonya is President and CEO of Transformation Team, Inc. Tonya shares her expertise in service, sales, and strategic marketing with an emphasis on bottom-line results.

Sally Gogel, CPA: Sally owns an accounting firm and is part owner of 2 Sign Guys. Sally brings expertise in accounting and business management.

Jami Coffman: Owner, Imajine Unlimited LLC. Jami brings expertise as a Personal Coach and Business Consultant.

Breakout Engagement Team Members and Resources are available within the grant (50 resource hours are included as part of the grant and participation fees) and following the grant. About 50% of past clients have contracted directly with our Resource Team members for additional support in marketing or accounting after the grant hours have been consumed. In other words, clients may wish to hire the Breakout Team Members even after the Breakout Program is completed.