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Business Development Center


Sharon Goldsmith

Senior Associate Dean

Sharon Goldsmith has twelve years of combined experience in the business management and entertainment industry. Sharon graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2003 with a degree in Public Relations and immediately joined LL Business Management, Inc. For almost three years, she was a business manager for recording artists, NBA players and other high net worth individuals. Her most famous client, 50 Cent, asked her to join G-Unit Records, Inc. in 2005 as the Director of Finance and later, the Director of Finance and Human Resources. During that time Sharon earned her M.A. in Speech Communication and Rhetoric Studies here at Hofstra University. Sharon spent over ten years contributing to the success of both multi-platinum music releases and supporting 50 Cent’s entrepreneurship. She helped him to achieve success in the tech, non-profit, entertainment and consumer electronic space. Now she is thrilled to be back at Hofstra University.


Judith Tyne

Associate Dean

Judith Tyne, B.B.A. Hofstra University, M.A. SUNY Stony Brook. Judith holds Certification in Business Education from New York State and a Career Development Facilitator Certificate from Hofstra University. Judith created and developed the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, maintains linkages with business organizations, participates in public and private sector activities, responsible for administration and operations of programs and activities including Distinguished Lecture Series, Entrepreneurial Assistance  and QuickBooks Certificate Programs, Community Development and Corporate Projects. Before joining Hofstra, Judith was Associate Director at Burgos and Associates, a minority management consulting firm.


Laura J. Fetter

Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Laura Fetter, B.A. Psychology, Hofstra University. In her current role as Program Coordinator, Laura provides support to programs and events at the BDC, including the Distinguished Lecture Series, Entrepreneurial and QuickBooks Certificate Programs, Community Development and Corporate projects. Prior to joining the BDC Laura was an Administrative Assistant in the Development Office and also previously worked as a Senior Assistant in the Alumni Relations Office.


April Jones

Programs Administrator

April Jones, B.A.-Psychology - St. John’s University; M.A.-Government and Politics - St. John’s University. April Jones has over 15 years of administrative experience working in both academic and corporate settings. April provides support for the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) and other events and programs at the Business Development Center. April presents seminars for the Office of New Americans program and handles inquiries for new enrollments to the EAP.