New York Small Business Development Center Joins National Celebration of First-Ever SBDC Day
Albany – The New York Small Business Development Center today announced its recognition and celebration of the first-ever “SBDC Day,” honoring Small Business Development Centers. SBDCs are the nation’s largest business assistance network committed to helping aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.

Since 1984, the New York Small Business Development Center has provided small business assistance to New York small businesses. The NY SBDC has helped more than 430,000 New York entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and expand their business and local economies by investing $5.9 billion, creating and preserving more than 189,000 jobs.

“We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America’s small businesses,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President & CEO. “SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies.”

“As the lead administrator of NY SBDCs, SUNY is proud to support small business success in every corner of New York,” said SUNY Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright. “We recognize the importance higher education plays within the communities we are a part of and know the SBDC facilitates our engagement in the critical economic well-being of the communities in which we reside. We are proud to support and celebrate our SBDCs, on March 22nd and throughout the year.”

NY SBDC State Director Jim King added, “The NY SBDC continues the hard work and commitment that has helped New York become one of the nationwide leaders in job creation and small business growth, while playing a role in strengthening our nation’s economy. By assisting established small businesses, SBDC help create job opportunities in growing firms and contribute to the retention of jobs in companies trying to turn around or reorient their businesses. SBDC work with pre-venture clients helps individuals identify and initiate viable new business ventures that invigorate our economy.”

To learn more about SBDC Day, and to join the movement, visit www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay.

About America’s SBDC and Small Business Development Centers
America's SBDC represents the Nation's 63 Small Business Development Centers, a national network of partnerships uniting higher education, state and local nonprofit economic development organizations, private enterprise and government. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.AmericasSBDC.org

About the New York Small Business Development Center
The NY SBDC, administered by SUNY, has 24 regional service centers located throughout the New York State on SUNY, City University of New York (CUNY) and private university campuses. Since inception in 1984, the SBDC has provided small business advisement services to more than 374,000 New Yorkers. The SBDC also provides training and business research to existing business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC clients have invested more than $6 billion in NY, impacting more than 165,000 jobs.

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, local communities, and host campuses. As a result of this leveraged support, the SBDC staff provides confidential one-on-one business advisement services at no direct cost to the citizens and entrepreneurs of New York. For more information about the SBDC, visit www.nysbdc.org.

About The State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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