Maggie Horne, Director 

Margaret (Maggie) U. Horne, MBA, CVA is the Director of Gannon University Small Business Development Center.  Maggie earned an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentration in marketing and management from Penn State University, and her MBA from Point Park University.  She is also an Certified Valuation Analyst. Her background includes experience in law, accounting, education and business valuation. Maggie co-launched the first independent valuation firm in Western Pennsylvania where she consulted with numerous clients, including Microsoft, UPS, Ford, Proctor & Gamble, and Caterpillar.  She was involved in over 50 mergers and acquisitions. Maggie developed and conducted numerous presentations related to business valuation and competitive intelligence.

Maggie has published articles and presented locally and nationally on topics including competitive intelligence, business valuation and business management.  She has also taught a variety of courses for colleges and universities. The first six years with the SBDC, Maggie provided general consulting services to pre-venture clients and existing businesses in Mercer County and specialized business valuation consulting services to clients in Erie, Warren, Crawford and Mercer counties.  She served as Manager of Business Consulting prior to her appointment as Director of the Center. Maggie currently provides strategic planning and valuation services for SBDC clients.

Jacob Jones, Business Consultant

Jacob Jones is the business consultant at Gannon University Small Business Development Center. He is a 2017 graduate of Gannon University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science degree and is currently enrolled in the University’s Masters in Public Administration program.

Shane Foster, Crawford County Outreach Business Consultant

Shane joined the Gannon University Small Business Development Center in November 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Shane was the founder of, a Meadville marketing agency and consultancy that helped business owners build their brands and sales through creative online and offline marketing strategies. Shane provides consulting services to Crawford County entrepreneurs and small businesses from start-up to expansion to acquisition. 

John Chacona, Educational Program Coordinator

John Chacona brings almost four decades of experience in marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism and media to his position as Educational Program Coordinator.  On the client and agency sides, he has contributed to award-winning marketing campaigns for clients in travel and tourism, health care, higher education, consumer packaged goods and politics.  A graduate of the University of Miami with a B.B.A. in international finance and marketing, Chacona has also started and managed two small businesses headquartered in Erie.