To help entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses, JWU faculty work with SBDC staff to bring research and analytical projects directly into the classroom. Through this approach, more than 150 JWU students from the three colleges, and technology and grad schools have provided services from market research, sales strategies and website development to branding and customer relations.
In 2006-2007 alone, the SBDC has helped with 166 training and networking events for 2,205 participants and counseled 529 clients one-on-one. It’s also generated $24.2 million for business development; increased client sales by $2.1 million; and helped clients to generate $3.9 million in tax revenue. SBDC business counselor Tomas Alberto Avila also received the 2007 Rhode Island State Star Award by the Association of Small Business Development Centers recognizing his efforts in bringing services to Hispanic clients in Rhode Island.