Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New York SBDC Receives National Accreditation from Association of Small Business Development Centers

Albany – SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright today announced that the New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), a national accrediting body for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The NY SBDC also received accreditation for its specialized Technology Services, one of only 15 programs in the country to earn this supplemental technology accreditation. The NY SBDC provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing small businesses across the state.

The NY SBDC is administered by State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses. Since its start in 1984, the NY SBDC has worked directly with 427,740 businesses, helping them to invest $5,870,293,418 in the state's economy. They, in turn, have created or saved 188,301 jobs. “National accreditation demonstrates that SUNY’s program upholds the highest of quality standards and services,” said SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander Cartwright. “My congratulations to State Director Jim King and the SBDC network on being recognized for their ongoing support of the economic well-being of our critically important entrepreneurial and small business sectors.”

The SBDC Accreditation Committee reviewed all areas of New York’s program, including leadership, organizational management, strategic planning, client and stakeholder focus, service delivery, and program performance. Their high standards ensure that the public investment in the program from the federal government, the state government, and the host institutions results in strong returns for New York’s economy. This is the sixth time the NY SBDC program has been awarded accreditation or the predecessor certification. Notably, in this year’s accreditation report, the NY SBDC received four commendations highlighting best practices:

•NY SBDC [maintains] excellent relationships with host colleges and universities, especially with technology-focused institutions, which go beyond support to integration of strategy and collaboratively creating productive win/win initiatives;
•Its immediate and sustained leadership role in helping businesses with post-disaster recovery;
•Dedication to client outcomes and mutual respect for colleagues; and
• Advisory Board engagement with staff to collect feedback for the Central SBDC Office.

“It’s always valuable to have experienced outside experts provide feedback,” said NY SBDC State Director Jim King. “We take great pride in our work and welcome the high standards of accreditation. We appreciate their recognition of our strengths and take seriously their insights and recommendations regarding our challenges. I want to extend my congratulations to our entire team.”
Accreditation qualifies each SBDC to apply for federal funds administered by the U.S. SBA Office of Small Business Development Centers. The SBDC Accreditation process is based on continuous improvement and the National Baldridge Standards of excellence in service. This helps ensure that every SBDC program is continually undergoing self-analysis and growth in a dynamic improvement effort to fully meet the needs of America’s small business and entrepreneurial sectors.

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