Chris Bowersock is the Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center. The Small Business Development Center provides targeted, one-on-one counseling including: strategic market research, access to capital and loan packaging assistance, financial analysis and assessment, and feasibility analysis and start-up assistance. Prior to leading the EKU SBDC team, Bowersock was Assistant Vice President for Commercial Bank in West Liberty, Kentucky. From 2011 to 2014, Bowersock was Senior Coordinator for Gateway Community Action Agency, also in West Liberty, coordinating the Regional Technology and Innovation Center Business Hub, among other responsibilities. He also previously served as an Associate Management Consultant for the SBDC at Morehead State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration. Bowersock resides in Lexington, Kentucky.
Jason Rainey joined the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at Eastern Kentucky University in 2014 with a passion for the people of east Kentucky and more than a decade of experience in lending environments. He has a diverse background that includes strong experience in financial lending as well as business management consulting and training. His personal experience as a small business owner allows for a unique perspective as he assists SBDC clients with their own business planning and analysis.
During his time with USDA Rural Development, Jason worked in a leadership role with distribution of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act Business & Industry loan program monies, totaling $59.6 million dollars directly invested into Kentucky businesses to save and create jobs. He also served as the lead Business-Cooperative Loan Specialist in Eastern Kentucky serving 23 counties.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master in Business Administration from Morehead State University and currently serves as President-Elect of the MSU Alumni Association, Inc. He is a former Board of Regents member and Student Government President at Morehead State University and former gubernatorial appointee for the State Board for Proprietary Education. Jason resides in Lexington.