Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) adviser Deanna Brennan recently achieved her advanced business adviser certification from the New York Small Business Development Center.
This honor, bestowed to roughly 5% of advisers, was presented to Brennan by the New York SBDC’s professional development committee, comprised of state-level regional directors and staff. SBDC said, “Brennan earned this certification because of her proven pursuit of knowledge, proficiency in her specific discipline, successful application when serving clients, superior service to the program, and community leadership.”
Brennan has worked for the SBDC at NCCC for more than 15 years. She has also served as the associate director of economic development and international trade. In the past, she has assisted many local organizations in leadership roles, serving as President and CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce and as the vice president of social enterprise for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, delivering employment and training opportunities to local women.
Brennan is a lifelong resident of Niagara County, earning her bachelor’s degree in commerce from Niagara University and graduating from Leadership Niagara in 2000. Brennan currently serves as a member of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council, WNY Power Proceeds Allocation Board, Greater Lockport Development Corp., and the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo.
The SBDC specializes in free and confidential one-on-one counseling, dealing with small-business opportunities and problems. It provides management and technical assistance services including business planning, development of marketing and global strategies, cash-flow projections, and financial analysis. The expert advisers of the Niagara SBDC have worked directly with over 18,000 businesses, helping them to invest nearly $525 million in the area’s economy, and create or save nearly 12,000 jobs.