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.

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 1,431 participants have enrolled in the program, 438 businesses have been started, 1,108 jobs have been created, $39.69 million in revenue and $19.66 million in financing has been secured. To learn more about the program, email Or apply for the spring 2021 program now.

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.

New York Forward Loan Fund Program (NYFLF)
The NYFLF is aimed at supporting New York State small businesses with a focus on minority and women owned small businesses, nonprofits and small residential landlords as they reopen after the pandemic. Please join us for an informative webinar on Friday, October 23rd from 12-1pm. Register for this free webinar.

This program, sponsored by Hofstra University's Scott Skodnek Business Development Center, is designed to assist small business owners with skills related to marketing strategies, increasing revenue and expanding the customer base. Join marketing expert, Mitch Tobol, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 8:00am - 10:00am for Marketing Your Way Out of COVID-19. Register for this free webinar. 


The Scott Skodnek Business Development Center is excited to offer a new monthly digital marketing workshop series starting in January 2021 with resident marketing expert,  Mitch Tobol. This three-month series is designed to help your business or brand grow using social media. The topics include Facebook Ads: How to Build Ads and Audiences; LinkedIn Advanced; and Instagram Marketing for 2021FEE: Each monthly series: $150; Sign up for all three and pay $399, a $51 discount! After registering, you’ll receive an email on how to submit payment. NOTE: All workshops take place from 7:00pm-8:00pm.


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.

For more information, email