Ron Busby Sr., president of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.,...

Ron Busby Sr., president of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc., will speak at the LIA event.  Credit: Larry French

Top leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Black Chambers Inc. will headline a June 16 conference at Hofstra University.

Marlene Cintron, administrator of SBA’s Region II, which includes New York State, and Ron Busby Sr., president and CEO of the Black chambers group, are the featured speakers for the free event.

The half-day conference, which starts at 8:30 a.m. in the university's student center, has been organized by the Long Island Association business group.

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LIA CEO and president Matt Cohen said this is the group’s first large-scale event devoted solely to the needs of small businesses.

Under Cohen, the LIA has increased its programs and services for small businesses because “if they succeed, so does our region,” he said. “That’s why for the first time the LIA is holding this free conference to provide critical information about public and private resources available to support their growth.”

Marlene Cintron, administrator of Region II of the U.S. Small...

Marlene Cintron, administrator of Region II of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will speak.  Credit: USSBA

Cintron was appointed by President Joe Biden to lead SBA’s Region II in November. Previously, the Bronx native worked for then-New York City mayor David Dinkins and then-Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello and led economic development efforts in the Bronx. Cintron received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Busby has started and expanded three janitorial companies, each with annual revenue of more than $4 million.

Besides the keynote addresses, attendees will participate in breakout sessions featuring the Small Business Development Centers, Entrepreneurial Assistance Centers and other organizations that help entrepreneurs.

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