RISBDC Names Dawson Director

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – May 9, 2012 - Johnson & Wales University's Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC), where JWU faculty/student teams provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with resources to create, transform and grow their businesses, has a new leader.

Adriana Dawson, who had been serving as interim director of the RISBDC since September 2011, has appointed state director.

JWU Proud of Choice
“We interviewed many strong applicants from the region and throughout the country,” said Jeffrey Senese, vice president of Academic Affairs at JWU.

“Adriana was our top choice because of the wealth of experience she brings to this position and her deep ties in the small business community.”

“Her leadership and success in bringing our faculty and students together to work with local businesses and organizations has greatly enhanced the educational experience at the university.”

History of Leadership
Dawson previously served as the associate state director and a regional director at the SBDC at JWU. Before the RISBDC came to JWU in 2006, she was the assistant state director when the center was located at Bryant University.

She is a board member of the International Charter School and the Rhode Island Latino Policy Institute, and is active with the Providence Economic Development Partnership Loan Committee.

Dawson was awarded the national state star award at the SBDC national conference in 2011 and was named SBDC State Star for Rhode Island in 2003.

In 2008, she was recognized as the business person of the year by the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund and a recipient of the Providence Business News 40 Under Forty award.

Making an Impact in Rhode Island’s Economy
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the RI Small Business Development Center and continue to serve the small businesses of this state in this new capacity,” says Dawson.

“I look forward to working with our network partners, the RI SBA District Office and our host institution, Johnson & Wales University, to fully align our RISBDC resources and generate the kind of economic impact that will continue to assist RI with its recovery efforts.”