Small-Business Women in Business Advocate of the Year: Joan A. Powers Senior Advisor at Onondaga Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Nominated by Russell A. Miller, director, Onondaga Small Business Development Center Onondaga Community College

As the senior adviser at the Onondaga Community College SBDC, Joan Powers has access to a nationwide network of SBA resources that provide managerial and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses.

Woman-owned businesses are growing at twice the rate of all other firms in the U.S. and Powers' effort at the SBDC has significantly influenced the number of women-owned businesses in Central New York.

Since the summer of 1996, Powers has counseled and provided managerial and technical assistance to more than 789 women clients in the Syracuse area. As a direct result of her counseling, 239 new jobs were created, 144 jobs were saved, and the economic impact in terms of loans, equity, and cash generated into the businesses amounted to almost $5.7 million. Powers does not work solely with women clients. During this same period she also counseled 540 male clients, creating 134 new jobs, saving 108 jobs, resulting in an economic impact in excess of $3.5 million in loans and equity cash generated into the businesses.

Over the years, Powers has developed and participated in many training events and seminars for women entrepreneurs, including Internal Revenue Service classes, Women Business Owner Resource Days, Federal Dollars and Sense Workshop, Women's Business Strategies, and 12 Ways to Make Money and Stay at Home with the Kids.

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