(South Orange, NJ - October 27, 2017) - Ruggles^2, led by CEO, Vivi Ruggles, and COO, Bill Ruggles, was recognized for the value the firm has added to the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) Network over the past 3 years as its Strategic and Business Process Improvement Consultants. Ruggles^2 has provided organizational performance improvement support to the NJSBDC Network during that time including successfully guiding it through its periodic ASBDC Re-Accreditation Process based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework in 2015.
This recognition came during the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the announcement of the NJSBDC's new partnership with the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in South Orange. The agreement allows Seton Hall University’s Business School to become a formal “affiliate” site or "satellite" for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Essex County located at the Rutgers Business School in Newark.
Representing the NJSBDC, among many others, were CEO, Brenda Hopper, and COO, Deb Smarth (see photo above with Bill Ruggles), as well as Tendai Ndoro, the Regional Director for the NJSBDC @ Essex County, and Vincent Vicari, the Regional Director for the NJSBDC @ Bergen County. Also in attendance was John M. Blackstone, the Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Newark. (see photo below with Bill Ruggles)
Ms. Hopper stated that "This new partnership with Seton Hall University is a most welcome addition to our strong network of small business affiliates throughout the state."
Representing the Stillman School of Business, among many others, were Dean Joyce Strawser (see photo below with Deb Smarth and Bill Ruggles), who noted that: "We're proud to be the first private institution of higher education to partner with the America's SBDC in the State of New Jersey and we're excited to be an affiliate office for its outstanding programs and services. We believe that there is much synergy in promoting entrepreneurship and small business ownership. Working with the SBDC program to support entrepreneurs and small business owners in our communities as well as serious-minded, entrepreneurial business students at Seton Hall will be a very productive endeavor."
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