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CARES Act Subject Matter Experts

Tom MartinA week into March 2020, every business in the world became a start-up again – having to identify new customers, new products, evaluating their market position, developing their supply and value chains, in an economy rocked by a pandemic. 

For those that have taken advantage of the CARES Act, EKU and CEDET wants to add a layer of support by providing technical assistance, subject matter experts, for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  You have secured your business for the next couple of months – now you may need someone to help you think through these next couple of months.  Please click on the Subject Matter Experts link below and get started.

Rodney Kuhl, South Central Small Business Development Center

Finding eligible lenders                  

Please find corresponding documents to the CARES Act below.

The Appalachian Investors Alliance brings together individual and institutional accredited investors that are committed to helping new and small businesses succeed.  Jim Hart is the Executive Director for the AIA, holding a BS in Logistics & Transportation and Master of Business Administration from University of Tennessee.

Mendi Goble is the Richmond Chamber President and CEO and can direct you to Chamber members who are subject matter experts

Jim FatzingerDr. Jim Fatzinger – Supply Chain, Strategic Planning, Evaluation  Dr. Fatzinger is a tenure-track faculty member at EKU and the President of the Kentucky Fulbright Association. He developed his current research agenda studying entrepreneurship in the wake of natural disasters after his family lost their home in the Florida Keys during Hurricane Irma. He is very familiar with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Recovery, and the Disaster Loan Assistance Process. 

Prior to coming to EKU, Dr. Fatzinger served as a Presidential Fellow at Auburn University and an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, “the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.” In 2007, he was recruited by leadership at West Point to build the first, four-year public institution of the 21st century from scratch where he opened $130M in new construction, grew the fledgling institution from 118 to over 12,000+ students, and achieved SACS/COC accreditation faster than any institution in history with no recommendations in his areas of responsibility. 

Dr. Fatzinger also developed the outcomes, assessment, and evaluation for a Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Program serving as the inaugural instructor for its first two cohorts. He is an Eagle Scout and served several years on the Philmont National Junior Leader Instructor Camp Staff. Jamie, his fiancé​, also works at EKU and they are the proud owners of 4 dogs, "Stars," "Stripes,"Wingman," and their latest, "Rosie the Riveter," adopted during the Covid-19 Crisis from the Jessamine Animal Shelter.


- University of Florida, Doctorate of Business Administration (ABD)
– Harvard University, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education
– Vanderbilt University, Doctorate of Education
– University of Oxford, Post-Graduate Coursework, History, Politics, and Society
– University of Miami, Master of Business Administration
- University of Miami, Bachelor Bachelor of Business Administration

Subject Matter Areas: Strategic Planning, Assessment and Evaluation, Business Operations 

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Phone: ​305.469.9465

Qian XiaoDr. Qian Xiao – Strategy  Qian Xiao is Associate Professor of Management at the Eastern Kentucky University. She received her PhD in Management from University of Alabama. Her research has been presented at both national and international meetings and has been published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Education for Business, International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance, etc. Her teaching covers topics of management and strategy. She teaches both upper level undergraduate courses and MBA courses.

Tel (office): 859-622-7349


Dr. J.P. Stearns – Accounting, Budgeting, Planning, Control Systems, Data Analytics

Mr. Don Perry – Senior Vice President and Investments Manager, Kentucky Farmers Bank

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