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Rick Leibowitz
Rick Leibowitz

Leibowitz Named New SBDC Eastern Region Program Director

SALISBURY, MD---Rick Leibowitz recently was announced as the new program director for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Eastern Region at Salisbury University.

Leibowitz comes to Salisbury from Oregon with more than 12 years of experience supporting small businesses as an SBDC director in six states. In the private sector, he has held executive-level positions in the food manufacturing, hospitality and professional services industries. He began his professional career as a small business owner, operating retail and wholesale bagel bakeries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Alaska.

Most recently, Leibowitz served as the chief financial officer of Business Impact NW, a community development funding institution in the Pacific Northwest providing lending and technical assistance to small business in Alaska, Oregon and Washington state. There, he worked with the institution’s investment team to help support organizational strategy, grant compliance and management, and budgeting fiscal resources.

“The type of outreach Rick has spent much of his career providing to small business owners is instrumental to our entrepreneurs on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said Dr. Christy Weer, dean of SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. “We welcome his expertise in continuing the positive work of the SBDC in our region.”

“Rick brings a strong background in assisting entrepreneurs and solid business ownership experience that will be impactful for the business community of the Eastern Shore,” added John Hickman, director of SU’s Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON).

Leibowitz earned his M.B.A. from Western Governor’s University and his B.S. from Rutgers University.

An outreach of the Perdue School, the SBDC Eastern Region serves the citizens of Maryland by improving the success of small businesses through low-cost training, no-fee consulting and research, with offices at SU, Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD, and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce in Cambridge, MD. A listing of course offerings and services is available at the SBDC website.

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