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Lynn Oswald accepted the position of Director on November 16th of 2009. She returns to NCCC after a three year hiatus, having previously worked as a business advisor with the SBDC for over seven years. In her previous capacity, she worked with over 200 clients annually providing assistance in starting or expanding small businesses. In 2005 she was named the top advisor in the State of New York. Her most recent employment was with M & T Bank as a Financial Analyst. Her prior work history also includes several positions in commercial lending.
In addition, Ms. Oswald is currently an adjunct faculty member of Niagara County Community College for the Business Department.
Ms. Oswald has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and an MBA in Finance from the University at Buffalo.
Tom has 15 years of local banking experience, over 20 years in SBDC counseling, 11 years as a part-time teacher at NCCC and has taught numerous seminar and non-credit courses. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Education.
Maureen has been with the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center since November of 2007. She has experience as a successful small business owner of two separate businesses. She worked for three years in the banking industry in financial services. Maureen graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor's Degree in finance and Masters of Business Administration. Maureen is a New York State Certified Business Advisor with a specialty in procurement, including government contracting and women, minority and veteran certifications. In 2012 Maureen was honored with the Buffalo Region SBA's Women in Business Champion award for her work with assisting women owned businesses. In the same year she was also named Business Person of the Year by the Newfane Business Association where Mrs. Henderson has held the positions of president, vice president and chairperson of the Newfane Town Celebration. In 2014 Mrs. Henderson was honored as one of Buffalo’s 40 Under 40. She currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member for Lockport Main Street Inc.
Jack has close to 30 years experience with Consumer Packaged Goods companies, first with Oscar Mayer but predominately with Anheuser-Busch. In this capacity, he interacted and worked very closely with a variety of chains supporting their ongoing business needs and helping them improve profit and sales. He was the lead Category Manager on the Albertson's and Wal-Mart accounts. Jack has experience in distribution, finance, pricing, marketing, and sales. His education includes studying for a PhD in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, a M.A. in History and a B.A. in History and Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo.
He has been a Certified Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center for almost four years. Recently, he attained the NASBITE CGBP, which helps individuals diversify their skills in global commerce and assure they understand a broad range of topics rather than just the specific field within international trade that they have experienced.
Since receiving her MBA from the University at Buffalo in 1997, Pauline has been a business consultant in both the private and public sectors. In her current role as a business advisor with the New York State Small Business Development Center, Ms. Soeffing assists both entrepreneurs and established business owners to write and refine business plans, manage their operations, market their businesses, and increase profitability. Her solid background in finance and accounting help business owners to measure how successful their business has been, and where it is heading.
Dinene has been with the SBDC since 1987 as a Finance Specialist. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a BS in Finance.
Bree joined SBDC in November 2015 and focuses on assisting rural, agricultural and specialty food business clients. She is also co-owner of a 6-generation vegetable and fruit farm in Lockport and manager of the summer Lockport Community Market. Before joining SBDC, Bree enjoyed a varied career in business training and international development. She has coordinated business training programs for over 10,000 entrepreneurs, business owners and civic leaders across 45 industries from Russia and created management training projects in southern India. She has also worked for the largest network of sustainable businesses in the U.S. and helped launch a new fund for women's entrepreneurship and health in central California. She has a Master's of Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Russian and Anthropology from Emory University. She is a member of Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Northeast Organic Farming Association-NY.