Blog: Julie Gustafson

Julie Gustafson is an experienced business development professional who has spent the past fourteen years in business development and incubation. She is currently the executive director of the Macomb-OU INCubator located in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Previously, Julie provided strategic consultation, with a focus on sustainability, to a business growth center and incubator on the 128 Corridor north of Boston. For thirteen years, Julie was the founding director and CEO of the award winning Amoskeag Business Incubator (abi), now known as the abi Innovation Hub, the longest running business incubator in the state of New Hampshire.

Overseen by Julie, the abi partnered in providing business advice to the general public with the state's largest newspaper, The Union Leader. The abi also served thousands of entrepreneurs through its seminars, workshops, and the College/University-Educational Network.

Under her leadership, the abi won numerous awards including the Commendable Company award from the state of New Hampshire, recognizing it as an organization that stimulates economic activity; the Patrick Jackson Award from the Public Relations Society of America for building relationships in the community that earn trust and make a positive impact; and the Community Action Award from Citizens Bank for economic development.

Julie is actively involved in the community and, over the years, has served on numerous boards, committees, and round tables that engage in business and economic development. She is the recipient of New Hampshire Business Review's state-wide Excellence in Public Service award as well as their Women in Business award. She also was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee and United States Small Business Administration Director Karen Mills.

Prior to directing the abi, Julie was a partner in a residential/light-commercial construction company, a senior accountant for the state's largest Mental Health Center, and spent numerous years in retail management.

She earned a B.A. in Economics from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University.
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