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Development of existing business and creation of new businesses and jobs are the main objectives of David A. Nimkin, who has been appointed executive director of the Utah Small Business Development Center, 102 W. 500 South.

He succeeds Kumen B. Davis, who resigned several days ago to start a management consulting business in Draper. The appointment was made by University of Utah officials, who along with the Small Business Administration and the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development organized the center in 1979.Utah has enormous potential to promote small businesses as part of the state's economic development, said Nimkin. He said the center, with its regional offices at several Utah universities and colleges, can be a leader in assisting business even though there may be some confusion because several organizations are doing the same thing.

A native of Boston, Nimkin grew up in the New York City metropolitan area and received a bachelor's degree in history in 1970 from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.

He came to Utah in 1970 as a volunteer with VISTA, the domestic peace corps agency, and worked with migrant farm workers. He received a master of social work degree from the University of Utah in 1976 and became the initial director of Salt Lake Neighborhood Housing Services, a public-private partnership initiated by bankers and savings and loans to promote stability in deteriorating neighborhoods.

In 1985, he became president of the Corporate Fund for Housing in Los Angeles and in 1987 resigned to attend the Yale University School of Organization and Management from which he received a master's degree in public/private management in 1989.

Nimkin has worked as a management consultant for the Strategic Services Division of Arthur Anderson & Co. in San Francisco and also has been a director for the Salt Lake branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 1982-85.