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FSBDC at UNF Employee Excellence!

The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida recently recognized individuals for performance excellence in support of entrepreneurs growing small businesses in northeast Florida. The following awards were given to SBDC at UNF employees:

Consultant of the Year: Marge Cirillo

Marge runs a one-person consulting/training/information center in St. Johns County, yet she works very closely as a valuable team member with FSBDC consultants in Jacksonville, Palatka, Nassau County and Ocala.  She consistently looks for ways to assist clients with team consulting and is always willing to volunteer to assist another consultant.  She has continued to develop her expertise in capital access and has a wide reaching network of lenders to assist FSBDC clients. Marge exceeded her goals for consulting hours, logging the second highest number of consulting hours in 2013.  She exceeded her goal for number of clients, had the highest number of business starts and one of the highest number of jobs created by clients in 2013.  She also submitted the most success stories in 2013.   

Employee of the Year: Ali Stephens

Ali started her employment with the FSBDC at UNF in 2006 as a part-time student assistant.  She continued to work part-time through her master’s program and, upon completion of her studies, was hired full-time by the FSBDC at UNF in Nov. 2010 as an administrative assistant.  Ali was promoted to training coordinator in Nov. 2013.  Ali takes initiative and gets things done.  She has a can-do attitude and is a great team player.  Her cheerful and collaborative work ethic is infectious and enables a smooth and issue-free office atmosphere.  The result is successful SBDC events.  Ali exceeded her performance goals in 2013, documenting 101% of training hour goals, 114% of direct service goals, and 108% of outreach goals.  Ali assumed primary responsibility for the annual nonprofit conference and took a strong supporting role in assisting with other special events like It’s HER Business and Small Business Week.  In addition, Ali serves as the SBRN coordinator in Jacksonville.

Congratulations!  It is our pleasure to work with these ladies!
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