Geneseo Small Business Development Center Photograph The U.S. Small Business Administration recently recognized the pandemic support provided area businesses by the SUNY Geneseo Small Business Development Center.

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently recognized SUNY Geneseo’s Small Business Development Center for its COVID-19 pandemic support efforts.

Rochester SBA Branch Manager Virginia Smith presented the SBDC with a Resource Partner Award plaque in recognition of exceptional service and dedication provided to the small business community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The SBDC assisted 19 clients in securing $2.5 million in investments and saved or retained 500 jobs with the SBA’s highly utilized Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program loan programs.

The SBDC is led by Director Paul Morrell, also the assistant vice president for finance and business development at SUNY Geneseo. His team of counselors includes Norm Karsten and Peter Markulis and administrative assistant Kim Wilcox.

Morrell said “for me and my staff it was a delight to help support these small businesses navigate this most challenging time to stay open and retain their employees as we move forward from this pandemic.”

The award was presented Feb. 2.

The Geneseo area Small Business Development Center, which formed in 2012, has offices on the campus of SUNY Geneseo, and in Wyoming County, and in the South Wedge area of Rochester. The SBDC provides management and technical assistance to start-up and existing small business firms. Administered by the State University of New York, the Geneseo SBDC specializes in providing one-on-one counseling for small business problems and offers training and instructional programs targeted to the needs and interests of small business people.

For more information, go to or call (585) 245-5429.

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