New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at Brookdale Community College Will Receive Silver Gull Award for Its Sandy Related Services, Strong Support for Small Businesses
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IS NEW JERSEY ON THE RIGHT TRACK? IT DEPENDS ON HOW STATE GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS POLICIES THAT ARE SMALL BUSINESS FRIENDLY SAYS NJSBDC NETWORK EXECUTIVES
February 26, 2014 (Lincroft , NJ) – The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at Brookdale Community College was named a recipient of the annual Silver Gull Award for economic development by the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council (MODC).
Recognizing outstanding work in economic development, community service and tourism, the NJSBDC at Brookdale was selected this award for its strong commitment to helping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs create and expand their business enterprises. This includes its ongoing efforts assisting businesses impacted by Super Storm Sandy.
In the aftermath of the storm, the center provided more than 870 hours of consultation services to more than 250 clients. Their efforts facilitated more than $4 million in total financing within the last nine months alone. In addition, the NJSBDC at Brookdale became the host office for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Recovery Center in the immediate days following the storm and continuing for a period of time.
“The NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College is proud to be recognized for our services as a business community leader,” said Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, director. “The MODC is a highly respected advocacy group and it is an honor to be acknowledged for our hard work and dedication in supporting our small business community during a challenging time for all.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said NJSBDC CEO-State Director Brenda Hopper. “Many of our centers in the hardest hit areas have been working with small businesses devastated by the Storm to ensure they come back to full capacity. Our Center at Brookdale deserves this award. ”
“The NJSBDC team at Brookdale has done some outstanding work for our business owners in Monmouth and Ocean counties,” added NJSBDC COO-Associate State Director Deborah Smarth. “The network as a whole undertakes important functions every day to support the small business sector in New Jersey, saving and creating jobs.”
The Center will receive the award at the 49th Annual Silver Gull Awards Dinner to be held Thursday, May 1, at the Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune. For more information about the MODC or to purchase tickets, visit www.modc.com. For more information on the NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College, visit www.mosbdc.com
This non-profit network is a federal-state-educational partnership. Its expert staff and business practitioners help small business owners and entrepreneurs with every stage of business development and growth. The network headquarters is located at the Rutgers Business School in Newark. Its major funding partner is the U.S. Small Business Administration. The New Jersey Business Action Center is an additional funding partner of the NJSBDC program as well as other public and private grants/sponsorships. The NJSBDC network is an accredited member of the national association of SBDCs, with more than 1,100 centers and satellite offices throughout the country serving and assisting small businesses and saving and creating jobs across the nation. For more information, visit www.njsbdc.com.