Kean University expands small business development center to Somerset County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 13, 2022

Kean University expands small business development center to Somerset County

UNION, NJ — The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at Kean University has expanded its service territory and will now provide services to businesses in Somerset and Union Counties.

The NJSBDC offers free counseling services, business training, and more to small businesses, and also develops programs that provide Kean students with a pathway to entrepreneurship, small business creation, and social enterprise.

“As New Jersey’s urban research university, Kean works with communities across the state to support their economic growth and development,” said Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D. “The expansion of the Kean SBDC is the latest example of Kean’s commitment to the state and its communities.”

The NJSBDC is located in Hynes Hall, home of Kean’s College of Business and Public Management (CBPM), and works closely with the business college.

“Kean University is a major resource for regional advancement,” said CBPM Dean Jin Wang, Ph.D. “NJSBDC has a long history of supporting the success of Union County businesses, we We are therefore delighted to have the opportunity to extend this reach to the Somerset County business community and create more opportunities for our students and faculty to engage with business.

Rafael Mata, the new regional director of the NJSBDC, said the expansion of the Center represents a regional approach to business consulting, in-person training offerings and direct business services.

“It is practical that we are moving towards regional structures that better serve our business communities and reflect how local economies interact with each other,” Mata said. “The Center will align innovation and research to improve our small business consulting and low-cost training offerings for business owners and entrepreneurs. Additionally, we will integrate students who are considering entrepreneurship as a post-graduation option. »

The New Jersey Small Business Development Center Network, one of the first national pilot projects, has been providing comprehensive services and programs to small businesses in New Jersey for 45 years. Under the leadership of State Director Kelly Broznya, the network is equipped to help small business owners and entrepreneurs develop business plans, find financing, accounting and financial analysis, identify new markets, to initiate marketing strategies, to find sourcing and international trade opportunities, to learn about green sustainability. practices, commercialize technology and develop an e-commerce presence.

The nonprofit network is a federal-state educational partnership. The NJSBDC headquarters, located at Rutgers Business School in Newark, oversees the network, an accredited member of the American SBDC. For more information, visit www.njsbdc.com.

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The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Kean University, located in Hynes Hall on the Union Campus, has expanded its service territory and will now provide services to businesses in Somerset and Utah counties. Union. (Photo credit: Kean University)

ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher learning in the region, with a highly diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. Kean continues to play a key role in teacher training and is a center of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving more than 16,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees in a full range of academic subjects. Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers seven doctoral programs and more than 70 graduate options leading to master’s degrees, professional degrees, or certifications. With campuses in Union, Toms River, Jefferson and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University pursues its mission of providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.

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