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Michael Wholihan

In his role as Director of Supply Chain Consulting for the IEE, Michael will continue to build and broaden IEE’s supply chain training capabilities with partner organizations and regional entrepreneurs. He joined the IEE to infuse his passion for entrepreneurship and education in support of the University’s mission for regional economic development. He has worked with the IEE team to achieve its goals in fostering innovative ideas to strengthen and expand the University’s strategic outreach.

Prior to his current role, Michael served as Associate Director of the Pitt SBDC, assisting business owners with profitability and sustainability through trainings, education and consulting. He has also worked previously with the IEE as their Educational Program Manager from 2004–2008.

Following his first stint with the IEE, Michael was an entrepreneur as a co-owner of a family business in the financial services industry. A steadfast advocate for small business owners and entrepreneurship, Michael has spoken as a panel member at the U. S. Capitol Building for a Senate sub-committee on SBA financing, presented at the ASBDC annual conference, and has published research with his dissertation focused on “Educating Entrepreneurs: Strategic Methods Utilized by Small Business Development Centers in the U.S. to Deliver Educational Programs.”


Bachelor of Education, University of Toledo
Masters of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Doctorate of Education, University of Pittsburgh