Recognizing Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes: Shaping the Jersey Shore’s Business Landscape 

In the vibrant tapestry of our lives, some stand out, individuals whose tireless efforts and unwavering commitment leave an indelible mark on our communities. Dr. Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, is undeniably one of these remarkable figures, quietly but profoundly influencing the very essence of the Jersey Shore.

The Jersey Shore, a place of sun-kissed beaches, bustling boardwalks, and close-knit communities, is not just a picturesque destination; it is a thriving ecosystem of businesses, innovation, and opportunity. It is a region shaped by those who dedicate themselves to its growth and prosperity, and Dr. Mejias-Fuertes is a prime example of such dedication.

As the Regional Director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC), Dr. Mejias-Fuertes wears many hats, and each one signifies her commitment to the success of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the area. With 15 years of dedicated service at Brookdale’s SBDC, she has been a guiding force in helping the region develop leaders, providing invaluable operational and management advice, and offering a helping hand to those who aspire to turn their dreams into thriving businesses.

One of the most compelling aspects of Dr. Mejias-Fuertes work is the impact it has on the local economy. SBDC assists approximately 950 clients in Monmouth and Ocean counties annually, making it a vital resource for those looking to start or grow their businesses. From securing bank loans to guiding business relocations, her work influences decisions that directly affect the lives of countless individuals.

Beyond her role at SBDC, Dr. Mejias-Fuertes actively engages with her community. She serves as the chair of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation, where her leadership continues to foster educational growth and development. Additionally, she is a member of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, a testament to her commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders.

The Asbury Park Press and have made a commendable effort to spotlight those individuals who truly make a difference in our lives. Dr. Mejias-Fuertes exemplifies the essence of this recognition, as her impact on the Jersey Shore’s business landscape is about service, dedication, and commitment.

Dr. Mejias-Fuertes is a shining example of the leaders and influencers who shape the Jersey Shore’s future, and we cannot wait to see what she accomplishes in 2024 and beyond.