William Paterson’s Small Business Development Center names new regional director

The Small Business Development Center at William Paterson University in Wayne said Friday that Erike Mayo has been named its new regional director.

The center, based in Paterson, serves business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Passaic County. Mayo, an entrepreneurship expert and consultant with nearly two decades of experience, will be responsible for the overall small business development in Passaic County. Those duties include client services development, database management, monitoring and reporting; overseeing client services program delivery in the form of one-on-one counseling, training, marketing and outreach; fundraising to meet the center’s funding goals; organizing and supervising center staff and activities; developing strong external stakeholder relationships; and working to advance the comprehensive vision, mission and strategic objectives of the university and the Cotsakos College of Business.

Housed within the university’s Cotsakos College of Business, William Paterson’s SBDC is a private organization of professional management consultants partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the New Jersey Economic Growth and Tourism Commission and community-based organizations such as the Paterson Urban Enterprise Zone.

Mayo will work under the direction of Kelly Brozyna, state director of the NJSBDC, and Anthony Bowrin, dean of the Cotsakos College of Business, to serve the strategic planning, internal fiscal administration, reporting and overall management of the William Paterson SBDC.

“Erike has great experience and understanding of what small businesses need to thrive in these challenging times, and an unwavering commitment to supporting small businesses and economic development in New Jersey,” Bowrin said. “The William Paterson SDBC is poised for continued success under his leadership.”

A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master of Science degree in business management and technology management, Mayo has held technical positions at General Electric, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, GE Aerospace and Martin Marietta.