Business Development Center

The mission of the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center (BDC) is to help businesses on Long Island and in the metropolitan area succeed in their business enterprises. The BDC offers resources for business support and education through programs open to members of the community.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ASSISTANCE CENTER (EAC)
PARTIALLY FUNDED BY EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT
The EAC is a 10-week program offered annually in the fall and spring for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business. Participants develop a Business Model Canvas, business Executive Summary, pitch presentation and comprehensive financial statements, and have an opportunity to participate in the Capital One Bank-sponsored Business Plan Competition with prizes totaling $5,000 for each fall and spring program. The EAC has been in existence since 1991, and to date 1,389 participants have enrolled in the program, 424 businesses have been started, 1,048 jobs have been created, $39.16 million in revenue and $19.4 million in financing has been secured. To learn more about the program, contact bdc@hofstra.edu or call 516-463-7214. Or apply for the Spring 2020 program now.

MWBE CERTIFICATION
Hofstra University's Entrepreneurial Assistance Center provides hands-on technical assistance with the New York State Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification application process and priority processing. The M/WBE Certification can assist business owners find new business and procurement opportunities through contracts with New York State Agencies.

OPERATION DOWNTOWN SEMINAR
This program, sponsored by Hofstra University's Scott Skodnek Business Development Center and Flushing Bank, is designed to assist small business owners with skills related to marketing strategies, increasing revenue and expanding the customer base. Register for the next free Operation Downtown Seminar on October 23, 2019.

DIGITAL MARKETING BOOTCAMPS
The Digital Marketing Bootcamps provide training on the latest social media topics including Facebook, Twitter, email marketing and more. Register for the next Digital Marketing Bootcamp.

QUICKBOOKS PROGRAM
The QuickBooks Workshop program provides skills for utilizing the accounting software program to create and customize a complete recordkeeping system. Topics include tracking credit card transactions, invoicing customers, setting up inventory, tracking and paying sales tax and more. Register for the next QuickBooks program.

For more information, call 516-463-5850 or email bdc@hofstra.edu.