Matt Staugler joined the Small Nation team as Leadership Trust Advisor in 2020. He is responsible for the development, management and promotion of Small Nation’s family of products.

Matt attended The Ohio State University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Minor in English. He completed graduate coursework in Strategic Communication Management from Purdue University, and has continued his post graduate professional training with a focus on community leadership, legislative advocacy, historic preservation and tourism through the Academy for Community Leadership at Edison State Community College and the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy.

Matt joins the Small Nation team after serving as Executive Director of the Darke County Visitor’s Bureau, where he earned multiple marketing awards from state travel & tourism associations. He served as an officer in the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, is a member of the Ohio Travel Association, Main Street Greenville, Darke County Center for the Arts, Wayne HealthCare Foundation, and the Ohio State Alumni Association.

Matt’s past experience has allowed him to gain extensive, intimate knowledge of the struggles and needs of small towns and small businesses. His core focus in 2020 is to help the team guide Small Nation’s Hometown Opportunity web platform into a national market. Designed as a hyper-local resource for connecting job seekers with potential employers in small towns, Hometown Opportunity is a turnkey, ready to use web platform that can be licensed by small towns across the country. He will also be serving a primary role in the launch and development of training programs for Small Nation’s newest product, BUILD Cowork.

Matt lives in Wapakoneta, Ohio with his wife Jennifer, his daughter Amelia, and Barney the Scottish Terrier. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find him with his family on the couch, with a cup of coffee, the New York Times, and the CBS Sunday Morning show.

In Matt’’s words:

What was your first job?

Bagging groceries at the local grocery store.

What motivates you? Why do you get up every day to do this kind of work?

There are small business owners all over the country who get up every day doing what they love. There are also small-town mayors and city councilors who get up every day wondering how they can help answer challenges in their communities and support the small businesses that make their town great. I get excited about being the go-to resource for those communities to plan their successful resurgence.

What do you know for sure?

Life is hard. Surround yourself with people that make it happier, kinder, and more thoughtful.

In a sentence or two, how would you articulate the professional legacy you want to leave? What kind of contribution and impact do you want to make in the world?

A lot of small business owners and entrepreneurs can feel all alone when faced with adversity. The highest honor would be for those people to think: “he cared.”

How do you feel Small Nation helps to affect people’s lives for the better?

Downtown is the heartbeat of any small town. Small Nation has the know-how and expertise to help business owners and towns make their downtowns the lifeblood of their communities again.

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