SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS WILL TEAM WITH BUSINESS ACTION CENTER
By Melinda Caliendo/NJBIZ
November 29, 2011
The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers announced Tuesday a collaboration with the state’s Business Action Center, in which the NJSBDC will be able to tap both federal and state funding to meet goals of business creation and retention.
“It’s a continuation of our role with the state government, in terms of helping create new entrepreneurs and also assisting established small businesses at different stages of growth,” said Deborah Smarth, associate state director for NJSBDC. “The Business Action Center will be working more closely with them in this current year and as we go into 2012.”
Smarth said the organization looks forward to more interaction and engagement with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who operates the Business Action Center — the state’s one-stop shop for business retention and expansion — as part of her duties as secretary of state.
“We have a long-standing track record of helping business owners across the state create and save jobs,” Smarth said.
The NJSBDC said it helped clients create or save more than 5,000 jobs in the first half of 2011, and assisted in procurement of more than $20 million in contracts for clients and trainees.