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May 2003

Release Date: May 28, 2003

ASU's Chawla Recognized as Small Business Advocate

Dr. Sudhir K. Chawla, a professor of marketing at Angelo State University, has been named the Small Business Administration's 2003 Research Advocate for a region encompassing 78 counties in Southwest Texas.

The award was initiated by the SBA this year to recognize individuals who support small business growth and prosperity through research in issues affecting small businesses.

Chawla's marketing and marketing research courses enable his students to work with small firms to improve their businesses. His students annually complete more than 15 projects addressing specific small business issues and needs. Over Chawla's 14 years on the ASU faculty, his students have won numerous district, state and national awards for their quality work.

He has published more than 40 articles in highly regarded business journals and is represented in almost 50 annual conference proceedings of national and international business organizations.

Chawla has worked with the South-West Texas Border Region Small Business Development Center to conduct needs assessment surveys and analyze the needs of small business clients. Additionally, he has worked with the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce to promote economic development in the community. In 1993, Chawla was recognized with a Texas Senate Proclamation for services rendered to the State of Texas, and particularly West Texas, in the area of small business development.

Pamela Brown, executive director of the Small Business Development Center at ASU, said, "Dr. Chawla is a respected researcher, as well as an effective educator. His efforts for small business have been achieved over the many years of his educational career. His research into small business issues has been resoundingly accepted by his peers, as well as by the business community, and has impressively advanced the knowledge of business students at ASU. Through these many avenues, he has proven to be a true advocate of small business and a worthy recipient of this award."