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SBDC Leaders Across The Nation Recognized At America’s SBDC Annual Conference

NJSBDC Regional Director at Rutgers-New Brunswick Receives “State Star” Award

(Newark – September 4, 2019) – America’s SBDC “State Star” award was presented to Regional Center Director Elayne P. McClaine of NJSBDC at Rutgers-New Brunswick during the annual America’s SBDC national conference in Washington, D.C. (September 3-6). The recipients from SBDCs across the nation were recognized at the at a special reception in conjunction with the 39th annual national conference held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.

Each of the 50 states in the SBDC network nominates staff members who have contributed to the success of entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as efforts on behalf of their respective statewide SBDCs. McClaine was recognized from New Jersey’s SBDC (America’s SBDC New Jersey).

“We appreciate Elayne McClaine’s passion and drive in assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs who seek help with their business operations,” said Brenda Hopper, NJSBDC network chief executive officer and state director. “Small business owners in the Center’s Middlesex County service region receive quality services and assistance on diverse business issues through Elayne’s efforts and leadership.”

“Elayne McClaine contributes greatly to the statewide Small Business Development Centers program,” said Deborah Smarth, NJSBDC network chief operating officer and associate state director. “Her commitment to small business development and growth is very visible and so much appreciated by her small business clients and our network.”

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Elayne McClaine, regional director of the NJSBDC at Rutgers-New Brunswick. “Offering guidance and advice to our small business clients to help them succeed is a privilege and I’m glad to play such a role in helping them gain success.”

Since 2005, Elayne McClaine has worked for the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers program. She has extensive experience as a licensed Business Broker organizing the sales, purchase and valuation of small to mid-sized businesses. She is a Contributing Author and Industry Expert for several publications.

McClaine has assisted businesses in many ways including repositioning businesses for further expansion. As CEO of ESME Market Specialists, she developed a Management Consulting practice focusing on marketing communications, business and economic development, business valuation and strategic planning. She was awarded two U.S. Patents, receiving recognition from the American Academy of Dermatologists for marketing leadership. In 2016, she received the Odyssey International Small Business Excellence Award. Ms. McClaine has an MBA in Finance from Regis University and a BA in Economics from Fordham University. She holds a NASBITE Certification as a Global Business Professional (CGBP).

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