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Business specialist joins staff

Sunday, July 16, 2006

JACKSON - Richard Proffer has joined University of Missouri Extension as a business development specialist in Jackson.

The southeast Missouri native works with business owners and managers in Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott and Stoddard counties.

Proffer has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, advertising and media sales. He spent 10 years a a national sales manager in Michigan before returning to Missouri.

In his position with MU Extension, Proffer works with counselors at Small Business Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University to serve clients with a range of services, such as bringing new products to market, improving manufacturing processes and obtaining financing.

Proffer received a master's of business administration from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., and an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University.

Proffer can be reached at the MU Extension office in Cape Girardeau County in Jackson by calling 573-243-3581.