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Manhattanville College is Now Host to the Westchester Small Business Development Center
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:28

Purchase, NY — Manhattanville College is now the home of the Westchester Small Business Development (SBDC).

The Center is the premier business assistance network in Westchester County. It produces an annual economic impact of $3 to $4 million per year; partners with local and county development agencies; and plays a leading role in providing SBA expertise to all major financial institutions in Westchester County.

"I am delighted that we have joined forces with the SBDC in helping to restart the economy by building on the natural synergies between the educational programs we offer and the skills needed by entrepreneurs as they look to develop their own businesses," said Anthony Davidson, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

The mission of the Westchester SBDC is to provide free, one-to-one business advisement and information to existing or aspiring entrepreneurs in New York. The SBDC also partners with numerous like-minded organizations on projects that advance the job development, investment, and economic growth opportunities of New Yorkers.

Leading the SBDC at Manhattanville is Mr. Louis Scamardella who has been with the SBDC for over 10 years.

"The strong academic environment, diversity, and central Westchester location of Manhattanville College made our choice for a home very easy," said Mr. Scamardella. "Also, the involvement of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in the business community complements our mission perfectly."

Future plans include the hiring of Manhattanville students as interns to provide real hands on experience in entrepreneurship.

About Manhattanville College:

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution whose mission is to prepare students, through rigorous academic and co-curricular programs, for ethically and socially responsible service and leadership within a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from 66 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences and offers graduate programs in Education, Business, Writing, Liberal Studies, and Continuing Education.