Wilkes University SBDC Garners Multiple Awards at PASBDC Growth Conference

by Kelly Clisham
Group photo of SBDC staff with their award

Center, Team Member, and Director Recognized for Outstanding Performance and Collaboration

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) returned from the Pennsylvania SBDC (PASBDC) Growth Conference with a sweep of prestigious awards, recognizing their outstanding performance and dedication to client success in 2023.

The PASBDC Growth Conference, held at Kutztown University from May 14-15, brought together representatives from all 15 SBDCs across Pennsylvania. The event provided a valuable opportunity for networking, learning about the latest trends and strategies in business growth, and collaborating with industry leaders and experts.

Capping off a productive conference, the Wilkes University SBDC team was honored with the following awards:

Lucy Singer

Center Performance Award: The Center Performance Award is awarded to the center that performed highest by percentage above and beyond their minimum Center Performance Metrics.

Team Spirit Award (Lucy Singer, business consultant): The Team Spirit Award recognizes a network professional for their collaborative attitude in helping the PASBDC network achieve strategic initiatives.

Director of the Year (Dorothy Lane, director): This year, two co-directors were chosen for this prestigious award. Dorothy Lane and Lisa Hall Zielinski, director of The University of Scranton SBDC, were recognized for their exceptional leadership and commitment to collaborative efforts within and across centers.

Lisa Hall Zielinski and Dorothy Lane

“We are incredibly proud of our team’s accomplishments,” Lane said. “We are honored to receive this award, which highlights our commitment to helping small businesses. This achievement is a testament to the collaborative efforts with our economic development partners as well as the support from our host institution, ensuring the growth and success of our local small business community.”

Ray Haden, a former business consultant and financial acquisition specialist with the Wilkes University SBDC, now with the Bucknell University SBDC, was also recognized. Haden received the State Star award, the network’s highest honor, acknowledging his exceptional performance and commitment to client satisfaction throughout 2023.

Ray’s ability to handle complex projects and structure financial deals with precision is unmatched,” Lane said. “His outstanding rapport with clients, lenders and economic development partners consistently drives success and made him an invaluable asset to our team and our clients.”

Dorothy Lane, Ray Haden and Steven Stumbris, director of the Bucknell University SBDC

The Wilkes University SBDC is committed to providing high-quality business counseling and resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the region.

About the Wilkes University SBDC

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, confidential consulting and training programs to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Sullivan Counties. We are one of 15 centers that comprise the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center network and we are fully accredited by America’s SBDC.  Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Wilkes University.

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