Lincroft, NJ (February 18, 2014)—The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at Brookdale Community College has been named a recipient of a Silver Gull Award for economic development by the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council (MODC).

The annual award recognizes outstanding work in economic development, community service and tourism. The NJSBDC at Brookdale was chosen for its commitment to helping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs create and expand their business enterprises. This includes its ongoing efforts assisting businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

In the aftermath of the storm, the center provided more than 870 hours of consultation services to more than 250 clients. Their efforts facilitated more than $4 million in total financing within the last nine months. In addition, the NJSBDC at Brookdale became the host office for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Recovery Center.

“The NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College is proud to be recognized for our services as a business community leader,” said Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, director. “The MODC is a highly respected advocacy group and it is an honor to be acknowledged for our hard work and dedication in supporting our small business community during a challenging time for all.”

The center will receive the award at the 49th Annual Silver Gull Awards Dinner to be held Thursday, May 1, at Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune. For more information about the MODC or to purchase tickets, visit  For more information on the NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College, visit


 About Brookdale Community College

An open access institution, Brookdale is committed to student success in a socially diverse environment. As the number one associate degree granting college in New Jersey, Brookdale provides students with opportunities to advance academically pursue a career and enhance their professional skills. With six convenient locations throughout Monmouth County and access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the NJ Coastal Communiversity, Brookdale is committed to student success and development. Success starts at Brookdale.


The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network provides comprehensive services and programs for small businesses in New Jersey, helping businesses expand their operations, manage their growth or start new ventures. Expert staff and practicing business consultants help small business owners and entrepreneurs to develop business plans, find financing, identify new markets, find procurement and international trade opportunities, commercialize technology and develop an E-commerce presence. This non-profit network is a federal-state-educational partnership, leveraging public and private funding sources to further maximize resources for the small business community. The network leverages funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA), New Jersey State Government, the educational institutions that host the 12 centers, as well as other private sponsorships and grants. The NJSBDC headquarters is located at the Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ. The NJSBDC network is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). More than 1,000 centers and satellite offices serve small businesses across the country. For more information, visit