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Farmingdale center wins Small Business Week award

Lucille Wesnofske

Lucille Wesnofske Credit: Newsday file

The Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College has won a top award as part of National Small Business Week, which began today.

The center was the best of its kind in Region II of the federal Small Business Administration, which includes New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Director Lucille Wesnofske, above left, said the center stood out because of programs such as training for entrepreneurs wanting to capitalize on redevelopment projects in Huntington Station and Wyandanch, a computer software program for business plans for daycare centers and linking entrepreneurs to government contractors.

Since being established in 1985, the center has helped more than 25,000 people and created and/or saved 12,000 jobs, she said.

Separately, the SBA named Raj Thakkar its small business person of the year for the metropolitan area. Thakkar, a Hofstra University graduate, founded the Charter School of Business Management Inc. in Manhattan.


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