Former State Director of Colorado SBDC Named CEO/State Director of NJSBDC
Rutgers Business School recently appointed Kelly Brozyna, who formerly served as the Colorado SBDC’s State Director for many years, as NJSBDC CEO and State Director.
Brozyna also founded the Colorado Business Development Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and served as its President from 2015-2020.
In 2016, Brozyna took a leadership role in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Small Business Division, assisting in implementing Colorado’s blueprint for strategic initiatives and services.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Communications with a Major in Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver.
“I am so excited about joining New Jersey’s SBDC,” said Brozyna, Chief Executive Officer and State Director. “Re-tooling and setting a new blue-print is a top priority.”
The NJSBDC network “Senior Leadership Team” consists of the Chief Executive Officer/ State Director and Chief Operating Officer/ Associate State Director.
“We welcome Kelly to our NJSBDC network,” said Deborah Smarth, NJSBDC Chief Operating Officer and Associate State Director. “I am hopeful that together we can make great strides as an executive team.”
From the Desk of Kelly Brozyna
State Director and Chief Executive Officer of America’s SBDC New Jersey
I’m glad to join the NJSBDC network Senior Leadership Team as State Director and Chief Executive Officer and relocate from Colorado, where I directed the Colorado Small Business Development Centers for many years. I’m looking forward to engaging with NJSBDC’s regional centers and directors, partners, collaborators, host institutions, and of course the NJSDBC staff members who make the engine go every day throughout the year.
So many small businesses and entrepreneurs suffered major setbacks due to the onslaught of the pandemic (COVID-19) over the past several months. Our offices were flooded with inquiries, questions, and urgent pleas for assistance and our regional offices, business advisors across the state have been working around the clock to facilitate and respond to the high volume of “HELP” calls. These small business owners included returning SBDC clients and new businesses never seen before. We helped them all to receive answers, apply for disaster assistance loans, including PPP as well as grants and other financing at the state level. They received financing and funding as a result of our efforts and have been able to retain employees and navigate through these rough waters.
As we move ahead in these challenging times into small business recovery and future resiliency, the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers – also known as America’s SBDC New Jersey – will play a critical role in guiding and providing comprehensive assistance for small businesses in all 21 counties. That assistance will not only focus on the typical operational aspects, but, also all the key strategies and tools to cope with the challenges of the pandemic, including health and safety guidelines for business re-opening, re-tooling business operations, and ensuring that the companies are going in the right direction with re-invention and solid decisions based on cash flow and other factors.
The NJSBDC Team cares and we’re here to assist the thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs who need our help.
NJBIZ offers opportunities for nominations concerning an array of achievement awards ranging from Chief Financial Officer, Legal Counsel, to entrepreneurs and/or business owners of the year. This year NJBIZ rolled out another awards series called the ICON Awards for Business Leaders in their sixties. CEO/State Director of America’s SBDC New Jersey, Brenda B. Hopper, was one of several individuals who received such recognition on August 23, 2017.
NJBIZ classifies the inaugural NJBIZ ICON Honors Awardees as “business leaders who are in a class of their own: the pioneers and change-makers. Those who have made a daily impact on their local communities and unparalleled contributions to the economic excellence of our region.”
“I was pleased to receive this award,” said Brenda B. Hopper. “It’s always nice to be recognized with other business professionals who make their contributions to the business world. Small business is my passion.”
Ms. Hopper believes her biggest contribution to New Jersey’s business community is “The success of our small business clients; whether it’s increased revenues and profits, creating and retaining jobs, winning a new federal, state or municipal procurement contract, getting a new international trade deal, or receiving that much needed financing for expansion. Their success is our success.”
Hopper was also a recent recipient of the Support Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the African-American Outstanding Achievement Award from Kappa Community Development Corporation (KCDC).