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New Director Takes Over Stony Brook SBDC with a Focus on Outreach and Emerging Industries

BySamantha Jones

May 18, 2024
Stony Brook University appoints Martha Stansbury as director of the Small Business Development Center

Martha M. Stansbury has been appointed as the new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Stony Brook University. She is succeeding Bernie Ryba, who is retiring after serving for 20 years, including eight years as director. The Stony Brook SBDC is a resource center for small businesses in Suffolk County and is affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Stony Brook SBDC offers free services such as one-on-one counseling, workshops, and other programs to help small business owners thrive. Advisors at SBDCs often have practical experience running companies and hold degrees in fields like accounting, business management, and marketing.

Stansbury has been with the Stony Brook SBDC since 2017, initially as the center administrator. In her new role, she plans to focus on outreach efforts to support entrepreneurs in starting or growing their businesses, especially those in underserved communities like women and minority groups. She also plans to explore opportunities in emerging industries like wind energy and the green economy.

The Stony Brook SBDC assisted 1,100 individuals last year, with 600 being new clients. Stansbury brings a wealth of experience to her new position, having previously worked as an interim director at Stony Brook’s business incubator in Calverton, a business manager at Gallery North in Setauket, and as a consultant. She is also actively involved in various volunteer activities, including serving as president of the Women Economic Developers of Long Island and treasurer of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce.

By Samantha Jones

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