SBA Recognizes Paul Arsenault

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently agreed with the Wisconsin Business Bank’s nomination of Paul Arsenault as the “2003 Michigan Small Business Administration Financial Services Advocate of the Year.” Paul is also the SBA’s “2003 Midwest Regional Advocate Award” winner and is now being considered for the national award.

Paul Arsenault is the President and Owner of Concepts Consulting, Inc., a company that specializes in assisting small business owners to obtain financing for “difficult-to-place” loans. Paul’s “can-do” attitude, loan structuring expertise, and his partnerships with government loan programs have been instrumental in his success. This success can be directly measured through the economic benefit to local communities as a result of the $60 Million in loan funds that his clients have received over the past ten years.

Paul’s motto “Success is failing forward” can be seen through his instrumental efforts in the re-development of the K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, his involvement with Michigan Works!, and his leadership on the Michigan Small Business and Technology Centers State Board.

Indeed, Paul’s community involvement is quite vast. Paul has served on the Marquette County Board of Commissioners since 1988. He currently serves as Director for Argonics, Inc., First Step, is the Chairman of the Six County Employment Alliance, and serves on Michigan Works! The Job Force Board. He is also a member of the U.P. REAL Entrepreneurship, The Keweenaw Industrial Council, and the Elks.

Arsenault currently resides in Ishpeming Township with his wife, Sandra. They have five grown children.