The University of Maryland (UMD) has selected Paul Bardack as the State Director for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC). As its new leader, Paul will provide strategy and oversight of the SBDC, and work with the team of state-wide partners to ensure operational excellence and drive growth. Paul comes to the university from SAIC where he served as Senior Education and Training Solutions Architect. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and has held senior level positions at various federal, state, and local economic and workforce development agencies.
"The SBDC is crucial for maintaining Maryland's economic vitality," said Bardack. "I am honored to work with this talented team to achieve an even greater statewide impact and I look forward to expanding the pool of stakeholders who care passionately about our success."
The SBDC is headquartered at UMD and is part of the Division of Research Office of Innovation and Economic Development.
"We are excited to welcome Paul, with his depth and breadth of experience in both the private and public sectors, as the new State Director for the SBDC," said Julie Lenzer, associate vice president of innovation and economic development and co-director of UM Ventures. "He shares our vision of taking the SBDC to the next level, solidifying and expanding its value in our state-wide ecosystem while also leveraging the strengths and partnership with UMD."
The SBDC specializes in providing management and technical assistance to aspiring and existing small businesses. In addition to its core service offering, the Maryland SBDC at UMD also offers specialized services including retail and restaurant, market growth, government contracting, business continuation, technology and more.
For more information about the Maryland SBDC, visit www.marylandsbdc.org
April 4, 2018