Tech Team

Mission:  The Idaho SBDC Tech Team helps improve the rate of success of tech clients in launching businesses and becoming profitable through their coaching, insights from past experience, common language/processes, and networking to relevant 3rd party resources.

Why Us?:  The Tech Team has a unique combination of a focus on technology clients, a statewide presence, broad experience set, extensive network, and acts as a single point facilitator. Best of all, these capabilities come at no cost to the client.

What is a Technology Client?:  A technology client is one who develops/commercializes an innovative product, solution or service by engineering intellectual property (IP). They have a large enough addressable market and a scalable business model. They also strive to learn through coaching and mentoring.

To take advantage of the expertise of our Tech Team, contact your local SBDC office.  The staff there will assess your needs and get you in touch with the right team member.


Steve Miller, Region III Business Consultant, Boise

Steve Miller is a seasoned marketing professional with proven success in the development of hardware, software, services and infrastructure for a Fortune 100 global technology company. He is recognized for possessing a high level of general business sense and common sense which have contributed to the development of effective strategies and solutions that impact the bottom line.

Steve received his BS in Business from the University of Montana and his MBA from Boise State University. He spent seven years in the banking industry and the last 22 years at HP here in Boise. He even spent time on the Valdez Oil Spill, which provided a rich environment for crazy, exciting adventure. After many years in the workforce, Steve has decided it is time for a break from the corporate scene and is on a journey to discover his new calling.

Steve moved to Boise in 1985 from Kalispell, MT. He and his wife have two children, a couple of dogs, a cat and an ongoing discussion about how crowded their landscaping should be. He enjoys living in Idaho as that allows him to pursue his passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Bill Jhung, Region I Director, Post Falls

Bill has served as the Director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center at the North Idaho College since October 2005. Prior to joining Idaho SBDC, Bill served as the Executive Pastor of a large church. He has also performed strategic planning and organizational alignment for World Vision, an international relief and development agency.

As an entrepreneur, Bill started two ventures and turned around two failing businesses. He also worked as a management consultant to Fortune 1000 companies in manufacturing, service, and non-profit industries. He began his career designing, building and running manufacturing plants.

Bill holds an MBA with a focus in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business. While at Wharton he also served as a senior consultant for the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

Bryan Matsuoka, Region IV Director, Twin Falls

Bryan Matsuoka has completed the week-long intensive Association of Small Business Development Centers training for Technology Development and Commercialization in cooperation with the Society of Research Administrators. He has helped several businesses through various stages of the process including Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) grants.

Bryan has been with the Idaho Small Business Development Center since 1996 and Region IV Director since 2006. Bryan’s educational credentials include a B.A. in Education from Boise State University and an M.E. from the University of Idaho.
Business experience includes ownership, sales, marketing, and operations of software development firm associated with the Hewlett Packard Company. His business experience includes activities as a marketing director, business owner, member of the Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer of an Idaho Corporation, LLC formation.

David Noack, Region VI Director, Idaho Falls

Dave has an extensive background in business and technology. He specializes in developing and comercializing technologies . In addition to his experience at the Regional Director of the Idaho Falls SBDC since 2002, Dave previously started, owned, and operated numerous businesses. His specialty focuses include: technology development, strategic & tactical business planning and development, marketing, and business modeling.

Dave works intimately with the E-Center, Bengal Solutions, RDA (Regional Development Alliance), the Idaho Innovation Center, and the ESO (Entrepreneur Support Organization) programs.

Business & Technology Experience:
• certified SBDC Business Consultant as well as a certified instructor in the NxLevel, FastTrac, GrowthWheel, and Franklin Covey programs.
• Owned and operated numerous technology companies including an aircraft manufacturing company (The Company produced five top-rated aircraft in the gyroplane industry) an alternative energy development company (solar and wind) and a heating system manufacturing company (he developed and manufactured numerous innovative “All Fuel Heating Systems” for homes and businesses). He is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Test Pilot, and Air Show Stunt Pilot as well and has architectural & CADD training.
• He is SBIR trained and has assisted companies in obtaining Phase I & Phase II SBIR grants.
• He has obtained a number of business licenses over the years including: General Contractor, HVAC contractor, alternative energy contractor, business consultant, commercial pilot, flight instructor, etc.

Paul Cooperrider, Tech Commercialization Director, Statewide

Paul joined the SBDC on Dec. 1 of 2014. In his role, he is responsible for helping small businesses with technology as their core value-add commercialize their products and services. Through a combination of programs and initiatives, those small businesses will have the opportunity to increase their success in commercializing their technology.

Paul is a proven executive in the technology industry with expertise in startups and growing businesses. Prior to joining the SBDC, Paul was Vice President of Product Development for Inovus, Inc. and a member of Inovus’s executive team. He provided strategic direction for technology development, and managed the engineering team. Prior to that, Paul had his own technology/business consulting firm, with a focus on intellectual property, nanotechnology and CleanTech businesses. During that time, he was an advisory board member of a startup and served on selection committees and reviewing panels for startups seeking investment and business advice.

Before his consulting career, he had a successful 24-year career with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), serving in multiple business and engineering leadership positions. Paul’s career at HP focused on commercializing technologies and emerging businesses, including roles as General Manager of HP’s Personal Storage Business and New Business Development Manager.

Paul holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Mr. Cooperrider is a past member of the Licensing Executives Society International.