Melissa Duff Brown

Melissa Duff Brown is the Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Dean of the Small Business Program at the Joseph Business School. Since 2012, Melissa and her team have provided business consulting, training, and assisted over 1,300 aspiring and established entrepreneurs. During that time, over 80 businesses were launched that created and retained over 500 jobs and $3.5 million in funding was secured. Melissa is an expert on small business start-up, business development, and has consulted on brand awareness, internet marketing, and social media aspects of more than 100 businesses.

Melissa began her career as a small business staff accountant for a CPA firm and has held positions in the banking, construction, electronics, and most notably in local government as a legislative aide and chief of staff. She is an award-winning Director of Sales & Marketing with over twenty years in the hospitality industry with a proven ability to manage multi-functional teams and multi-million dollar budgets and is a specialist in pre-opening.

Melissa also holds a degree in Digital Media Production, is a Six Sigma Green Belt, an Adobe Certified Education Trainer, and a Certified Business Development Advisor. She is one of 1,600 advisors in 29 countries certified to use GrowthWheel, a tool to help to small and medium business focus and take action to grow their businesses. She is further distinguished as a graduate of the Living Word School of Ministry and is the current President of the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association.