Director of Business Coaching Services
Business Ownership Initiative/Entrepreneur Services/Indy Chamber
Sarah has over 20 years of experience working with local non-profit organizations elevating individuals and organizations. Sarah has been with BOI for 8 years and serves as the Director of Business Coaching Services for Business Ownership Initiative (BOI), a subunit of the Indy Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneur Services division. Her expertise in professional and personal coaching, financial analysis, marketing strategy, resource procurement, stakeholder consensus building, lending, strategic planning and more, supports the daily advancement and success of Indy entrepreneurs and businesses.
Leading the BOI coaching staff, Sarah is a strategic thinker focused on interdisciplinary solutions and resource procurement. She strives to ensure BOI’s coaching and training services are of the highest quality for local entrepreneurs and to grow a successful and strong Central Indiana small business community.
SBA Loan Operations Specialist
Shannon Avington is a native to Indiana; Born and raised in Gary, IN, and has resided in Indianapolis for the last 20 years. After graduating from Purdue University in 2006, she began her career in finance. She has spent the last 6 years of her career serving small businesses through the SBA loan program, as a Score Mentor, Business Loan Coach, and SBA operations specialist/underwriter.
Through her career, Shannon has curated a passion to help small businesses in her community succeed. She has made it a personal mission to bridge the gap for entrepreneurs who have been hindered with access to resources meant to help them thrive!