Rutgers–Camden Small Business Development Center Director Wins Award from National SBDC Network

By Mike Sepanic

Robert Palumbo, director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–Camden, has received the State Star Award from America’s SBDC.

Robert Palumbo

Robert Palumbo, director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–Camden

A resident of Voorhees, Palumbo received the award during America’s SBDC national conference in Washington, D.C., in September.

Each of the 50 state SBDC networks nominates their staff members who have made outstanding contributions in assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses, promoting greater opportunities for growth, and advancing the state and national Small Business Development Centers program. Palumbo was recognized from New Jersey’s SBDC.

The Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–Camden promotes economic growth in southern New Jersey by serving entrepreneurs in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

“We are truly grateful to Bob Palumbo for his leadership and strong efforts,” says Jai Ganesh, dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden. “We are honored to have our SBDC director recognized at the national conference of America’s SBDC. His strong commitment to help business owners and entrepreneurs leads to impactful results.”

Brenda Hopper, NJSBDC network chief executive officer and state director, lauds Palumbo for his exemplary efforts in assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs who seek help with their business operations. “Under his leadership, small business owners in the center’s large service region receive quality services and assistance on an array of issues,” she says.

Palumbo received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University–Camden in 1979. He earned a master of business administration degree from Philadelphia University.

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network, consisting of 12 centers, has provided comprehensive services and programs for small businesses in New Jersey’s 21 counties for 40 years. This nonprofit federal-state-educational partnership leverages funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the New Jersey Business Action Center, and other private/public grants/sponsorships. America’s SBDC is a national network with up to 1,000 centers and satellite offices across the country that generate jobs, new businesses, and economic development.

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