2019-05-18 22:49:59

SUNY Ulster Announces 2019 Small Business Development Center Staff Awards

May 17, 2019 – Stone Ridge, NY – The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced that Business Counselor Sam Kandel received the 2019 New York SBDC Counselor of the Year Award, a top performance counseling honor from the state. Counselors Vanessa Primus, Jean Morris, Ellen Iversen, and Cathy Terrizzi also received nominations for the state’s Counselor of the Year Award for their dedication and commitment.

The 2019 New York SBDC Counselor of the Year Award is Kandel’s 12th award for performance excellence. He was chosen for being an exemplary performer, making an extraordinary and significant contribution to the SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small business in the Mid-Hudson area. “It is an honor to accept this award,” Kandel said, “and to have the privilege of helping people succeed in their own business. It is an honor I share with my family, my clients, my colleagues and SUNY Ulster.”

 Each year, the New York SBDC network honors outstanding SBDC counselors as their top performers. These awards were announced at a ceremony held during the New York SBDC’s 2019 Annual Staff Training Event recently held in Ithaca.

“I am extremely pleased to make this announcement and to recognize Sam for his very important contributions to small businesses in the Mid-Hudson area,” SBDC Regional Director Dr. Arnaldo Sehwerert said. “These dedicated professionals ensure that entrepreneurs and small business owners receive the best support and assistance possible to contribute to their success.”

The New York Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education, and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing no-cost management, technical assistance, and training to help Americans start, run, and grow their own businesses. The Mid-Hudson SBDC is one of 24 centers in the state’s network. Covering a seven county area, it is considered one of the top centers in the amount of funds secured for Mid-Hudson clients and numbers of jobs created or saved for area small businesses. The center is partially funded by the SBA, SUNY, and the Catskill Watershed Corporation and is an integral part of SUNY Ulster. 

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