Adriana Dawson has been appointed state director for the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC)

Adriana Dawson has been appointed state director for the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC)
at Johnson & Wales University. Adriana had been serving as the Interim State Director since September 2011.

Prior to serving as interim state director, Adriana also held the positions of associate state director and regional director with the RISBDC. She is a board member of the International Charter School and the Rhode Island Latino Policy Institute and is active with the Providence Economic Development Partnership Loan Committee. In addition to her involvement in these organizations she has received the national state star award at the SBDC national conference in 2011 and was named SBDC State Star for Rhode Island in 2003. In 2008, she was recognized as the business person of the year by the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund and a recipient of the Providence Business News 40 Under Forty award. Adriana earned a Masters of Arts in Management Communication from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, with concentrations in organizational communication and business administration, from Northeastern University.

“Adriana was our top choice because of the wealth of experience she brings to this position and her deep ties in the small business community. Her leadership and success in bringing our faculty and students together to work with local businesses and organizations has greatly enhanced the educational experience at the university,” said Jefferey Senese, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs at JWU.

Adriana had this to say about her new appointment, “I look forward to working with our network partners, the RI SBA District Office and our host institution, Johnson & Wales University, to fully align our RISBDC resources and generate the kind of economic impact that will continue to assist RI with its recovery efforts.”

We are pleased to welcome her in this new role and look forward to the future of the RISBDC.

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