Kim Howard

Southwest ISBDC Director

Kim has been leading the ISBDC team for more than 10 years and has an extensive network of resources to call upon. She collaborates broadly to help all our clients become successful in launching new businesses or improving the profitability of existing businesses.

Kim grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Butler University.  She received her Master’s from the University of Evansville and considers Southern Indiana her home. Kim has served on numerous boards and committees within the community and strives to improve the quality of life in the Evansville area. She is especially interested in improving early childhood education and is active with the 4C Board. Kim is married to Chris and they have a son, daughter and three cats.

Kim and her family enjoy traveling to New York and watching college sports.

Doug Claybourn

Southwest ISBDC Business Advisor

Doug enjoys helping ISBDC clients and has been doing so for over five years. He has a background in sports and news reporting, management and banking. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Indiana. His clients benefit from his diverse business experience.

He is active in Crossroads Christian Church, USI Varsity Club, Reitz R-Men’s Club, Helfrich Hills Men’s Club and is a past president of the USI Alumni Association.

Doug is a native of Evansville and is married to Christi. They have three children, six grandchildren and two cats.  Doug spends his spare time traveling and playing golf.

Julie Folz

Southwest ISBDC Business Advisor

Julie is our newest business advisor and works with clients to evaluate business ideas, develop marketing plans and create strong growth strategies. She has a background in Sales and Marketing and earned her degree from Purdue University.

She is an Evansville native and is active in the community with a specific passion for serving the less fortunate. She is on the Board of Ozanam Family Shelter and is a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Julie also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and is involved in Leadership Evansville.

Julie enjoys playing golf and pool in addition to traveling with her husband, George.  They have two grown daughters.

Karina Hampton

Southwest ISBDC Office Administrator

Karina provides administrative support and helps keep our entire staff organized and productive.  She also supports our clients with any questions they may have. She has a background in accounting and has been working at the ISBDC for more than four years.

Karina grew up in Bloomington and has a B. S. from Indiana University. She is active with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Willard Library, Evansville Junior Golf Association and Westside Youth Basketball.

Karina stays busy with her four active children and is a life-long Cleveland Browns fan.

Peter Sabella

Southwest ISBDC Business Advisor

Pete has been advising clients at the ISBDC for over 10 years. He utilizes his CPA background to help entrepreneurs understand the financial aspect of their business including start-up expenses, cash flow, profitability, and tax issues.

Pete is very involved in the Evansville area and has supported many organizations including YMCA, Joshua Academy and Tales & Scales. He is currently serving on the Boards of Goodwill Industries and Montessori Academy.

Pete grew up in Chicago and graduated from Southern Illinois University. He is married to Kathy and they have five children and 13 grandchildren. Pete has lived in Southern Indiana for over 30 years and enjoys biking, fishing and hanging out with his dog, Jake.

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