Professor Anthony (Tony) Gauvin is the Associate Professor of Electronic Commerce at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Professor Gauvin holds an M.B.A., an M.S. in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Computer Applications with a Business concentration.
Professor Gauvin has presented at a number of events, published a variety of papers, and has been an active member of many boards and panels including the most recent USDA Small Business Innovation Research Panel (2015) described in more detail below.
Since Fall 2013, Professor Gauvin has been a National Panel Member for the Small Business Innovation Research grant program (SBIR) for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2015 he became the National Panel Manager and in his new role as manager he conducted and managed the reviews of all the 2016 SBIR grant submissions concentrating on the topic of Rural Development.
Professor Gauvin's task was to assign the applications to subject matter experts (about 3-4 per application) and rural development experts (3 per application) around the country and have them produce written reviews on the applications. Across the last few months of 2015 Professor Gauvin assigned 40 applications and then processed over 200 reviews.
During the first week of February, 2016, Professor Gauvin convened a panel in Washington, D.C. who picked the top three to five applications for first round funding, which was about $100,000 each. Professor Gauvin then went back to review the funded projects from the previous cycle to see who would qualify for the second year of funding of $500,000.
Professor Gauvin gave a presentation on "An Objectives Driven Model for Online Marketing for Rural Small Businesses" at the 2015 Community Development Society (CDS) International Annual Conference and Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. From this presentation, he began work on building a plan for rural small businesses to help them get the most out of marketing their business in the online environment.
(banner image is of Sharon Zimmer-Boucher, Roger Grindle, and Roland Burns)