Senior Program Manager and Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director, Polsky Exchange
1452 E. 53rd St.
Chicago IL 60615
Vince Beachum is Senior Program Manager and Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director at Polsky Exchange. In this role, Vince is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Center, day-to-day operations, including one-on-one advising, strategic business & feasibility planning, business development, financial analysis & modeling, accessing capital, market research and education & training to new and existing business owners. Vince also focuses on community outreach, works closely with community organizations, businesses and industry leaders in effort to align resources, initiatives and training.
Vince is a Desert Storm Veteran and has over 20 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric and John Deere, where he led multiple business units in operations optimization, cost reduction, profit maximization and strategic growth. After leaving the corporate world, Vince spent 12 years as owner of several small businesses, including a mechanical engineering company and logistics & distribution franchise. Prior to joining Polsky Exchange, Vince worked as an Illinois and Indiana SBDC Business Advisor. He is also an adjunct professor for the City Colleges of Chicago where he teaches in the Business and Supply Chain Management disciplines.
Vince earned his B.S. in Process Management from Franklin University and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Vince is a golf enthusiast, comedy buff and audio books fanatic.