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Christian Conroy: State Director of the Pennsylvania SBDC
March 31, 2009, Volume 55, No. 27



Christian Conroy has been named state director of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers.

The announcement was made by Dr. Steven J. Fluharty, vice provost for research at Penn and chair of the Pennsylvania SBDC Oversight Board.

Mr. Conroy, interim state director of the SBDC for more than a year, has been with the organization for 15 years, serving as associate state director for nine.

The Pennsylvania SBDC, hosted by Penn, is a consortium of 18 colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth and is recognized as a national leader in delivering business management, education and information programs and services to owners and potential business owners.

Since 1980, the Pennsylvania SBDC has assisted entrepreneurs in starting more than 24,300 new businesses, obtained more than $2.1 billion in start-up and expansion capital, expanded sales by $8.7 billion and created over 104,800 new jobs for the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania SBDC activities are supported by funding from the Commonwealth through the Department of Community and Economic Development and the US Small Business Association and by matching and in-kind contributions of regional host institutions.

“David Dickson, district director of the SBA, and Dorothy Kaplan, deputy secretary of the DCED, join me in expressing great pleasure over the appointment of Christian Conroy as state director,” Dr. Fluharty said.

“Christian emerged as the most standout candidate after an extensive national search and has displayed a remarkable dedication to the Pennsylvania SBDC. He is very well regarded by his peers across the Commonwealth and at the national level and will bring to the position a desire to sustain and grow the network for the benefit of all participants.”

Mr. Conroy received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Albany and a master’s in liberal arts with a concentration in urban studies and non-profit management from Penn. He is certified in non-profit executive administration and fund raising management. He serves on several boards, including the National Association of Small Business Development Centers.


Almanac - March 31, 2009, Volume 55, No. 27