Dave & Mark



David Riggs

Director & Business Advisor

SBDC Director and Business Advisor®, David Riggs consults with companies on behalf of the Ohio Small Business Development Center for Butler County. As a previous owner of three successful companies dating back to 1983, David understands how to take a business idea and make it a success story. With a key focus on Business Plan Development, David assists clients in creating legitimate Financial Projections. He is a Certified Business Advisor and Workshop Facilitator. Key achievements include recognition as “Business Mentor of the Year” by the State of Ohio SBDC Network. David is also a recipient of the State of Ohio Congressional Award for Business Development.


Mark Lankford

Associate Director& Business Advisor

SBDC Associate Director and Business Advisor® Mark Lankford has over five years' experience counseling businesses in Butler County, Ohio. His key areas of focus are business start-ups, marketing, compliance issues and buying/selling businesses. He is a Certified Business Advisor and Kauffman Institute FastTrac® Program Facilitator. He has owned two different businesses, including Cincinnati's first PC-only computer graphics firm. He won the 2016 Ohio SBDC State Advisor Performance Award.