CCO’s Small Business Development Center Announces New Regional Director


Robert Griffin is the new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Onondaga Community College. (Photo credit: Onondaga Community College)

ONONDAGA, NY – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Onondaga Community College (OCC) has a new regional director.

Robert Griffin takes on the role Joan Powers previously held before her retirement at the end of January.

Griffin most recently served as a Certified Small Business Advisor at Binghamton University’s SBDC. In that role, he worked with hundreds of new and aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them acquire more than $31 million in capital and helping them create or save more than 1,800 jobs, Onondaga’s SBDC said. .

He is also a Certified Exit Planning Consultant, able to help existing business owners with the challenges of creating solid strategies for small business succession plans. Griffin also has over 20 years of management experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries. His work in the industry has focused on convention and visitor offices, hotels, restaurants, casinos and contract catering services.

About CSDC Onondaga

The Onondaga SBDC serves a six-county region that covers Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Seneca counties. It is located at Mulroy Hall in OCC on Route 173.

Over the past three years, the Onondaga SBDC office has served over 3,400 clients and has helped those clients create or save over 8,300 jobs. More than 400 of those clients have become new business owners, and Onondaga SBDC clients have secured more than $63 million in investments, including loans, grants or other sources of funding, a said the SBDC.


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