class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director Renee Sprow and Eastern Regional Director John Hickman recently announced that Rich Loeffler has been named the 2005 State Star of the Maryland SBDC.
class=""MsoNormal"">The award was presented at the Silver Anniversary Conference of the Association of Small Business Development Centers in Baltimore.
class=""MsoNormal"">“I am pleased to make this announcement and to recognize Rich for extraordinary contributions to the work of the Maryland SBDC and small business in Maryland,” said Sprow.
class=""MsoNormal"">“Rich has been a strong advocate for small businesses in our region and has shown his commitment through his work and civic activities,” Hickman said.
class=""MsoNormal"">Loeffler is a consultant at the Chesapeake College sub-center of the Salisbury University Small Business Development Center in Wye Mills and Cambridge. He was chosen by the Maryland SBDC for being an exemplary performer, making a significant contribution to the State SBDC program and showing a strong commitment to small business in Maryland.
class=""MsoNormal"">“It is an honor to accept this award and to have the opportunity to help so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business,” said Loeffler.
class=""MsoNormal"">The Maryland SBDC Eastern Region is an outreach program of the Perdue School of Business at SU. The region serves the citizens of Maryland’s Eastern Shore from it offices in Salisbury, Cambridge and Wye Mills through consulting and training.
class=""MsoNormal"">America’s Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses.
class=""MsoNormal"">With approximately 1,000 centers across the nation, the SBDC network assists approximately 725,000 small businesses every year in face-to-face counseling and training, in addition to assisting hundreds of thousands more small businesses through fax-on-demand and e-mail. For more information visit the SBDC Web site at www.salisbury.edu/comumnity/sbdc. "