Meet Our Small Business Experts

Say hello to our small business training and mentoring staff.

You’ll find them leading our free and low-cost workshops throughout the state. And when you need personalized assistance with a challenge or just a friendly ear to listen to your ideas, you can count on their hard-won experience to come shining through.

Erich Peter, Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Erich brings a unique blend of corporate and small business experience to his position at UCEDC.  He began his career as a CPA, working with a wide variety of businesses and then went on to hold various management and financial roles in the energy industry.

Having built a solid foundation of business acumen, Erich then took the entrepreneurial plunge as the owner/operator of a printing company.  After a successful six-year tenure, Erich sold the business and joined the UCEDC team in his current role.

With his real-world appreciation of the challenges that small business entrepreneurs face, Erich brings the right combination of theory and practice to his training events.

Contact Erich at epeter@ucedc.com or 908-527-1166.

Beth Filla, Training Officer

Beth brings a rich background of education, entrepreneurship, and outreach to her role on UCEDC’s training and technical assistance team.  A small business owner herself, she was most recently the co-founder and director of an award-winning yoga studio in Collingswood (and UCEDC microloan client!).  Prior to that she spent five years as a high school English teacher and 10 years as a community educator at Philadephia-based nonprofit organizations.  And don’t forget her stint as a member of The Trolleyvox, an indie pop group that recorded five albums (find them on iTunes!)

Beth’s eclectic experience serves her clients well – she understands the challenges of running a small business having done it herself.  She brings a creative approach to problem-solving and opportunity-finding thanks to her artistic talents.  And as a long-time educator, Beth excels at delivering engaging and practical business content for start-up and experienced owners alike.

Contact Beth at bfilla@ucedc.com or 908-358-3005.

George Pinkerton, Training Officer

With extensive experience as a financial advisor, supported by a deep background in teaching and corporate training, George can transform critical business concepts into easily understood and actionable plans for both the experienced owner and fledgling entrepreneur.

In his fifteen years as a financial advisor with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, George helped numerous clients with all the financial aspects involved in starting and growing their own businesses.  Career-changing entrepreneurs looked to him for individualized mentoring as they began and grew their new operations.

Whether he’s leading a classroom full of start-ups or advising a seasoned entrepreneur, George’s enthusiasm and commitment to small business development gives his audience the boost it needs to succeed.

Contact George at gpinkerton@ucedc.com or 908-527-1166.