Our Leadership
Brad Gottshalk joined the Paris Small Business Development Center in October of 2011.  He brings 25 years of experience in the banking industry, which started in 1985 in Dallas as a national bank examiner with the U.S. Treasury.

He left government service in 1996 to pursue his dream of living in the mountains of Colorado.  He spent the next 12 years serving as president for the banks in Creede/Lake City, and Montrose, Colorado, returning to Texas in 2008.  Brad has extensive commercial and SBA lending experience which he is leveraging for his clients at the Paris SBDC.   Brad hold certifications as a Certified Development Finance Professional and certified Business Incubator Manager.

Jim Struwe is a seasoned accountant and serial entrepreneur.  Building on his BBA in accounting from Stephen F. Austin University, Jim has assembled almost 40 years of corporate and small business experience.  Starting with his various positions with a publicly held government contractor, Jim promoted steadily with this company over the next 17 years to the position of VP of Finance/ Controller.  Armed with this knowledge, Jim made his entry into small business ownership in 1992 with one of the two different silicon wafer reclamation companies that he worked with.  

Jim has worked on various government contracts, public filing documents required by the SEC and DOD, and securing SBA-backed funding for his own businesses, prior to joining the Paris SBDC as a business advisor.  He is now co-owner of Audey’s Fabric & Accessories of Sulphur Springs with his wife Audrey. 

Brad Gottshalk
Brad Gottshalk
Striving to make your business successful! 

Do you have a great idea for a business or product, but don't know how to make it into a business?  We can help.  Do you own a small business and need help juggling all the details of running it?  We're here for you. Does the thought of writing a business plan horrify you?  Our expert business planners will work with you step by step for planning, troubleshooting and implementing policies for your business. So, check us out.  We're here to make your business successful. 
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