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Alfred Titone was named district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration's New Jersey district office on March 28, 2011.He brings with him a diverse business background in both non- and for-profit businesses with a concentration in marketing, sales and entrepreneurship.
Al is responsible for directing SBA’s efforts to assist over 700,000 small businesses in New Jersey with the agency’s financial, contracting, and business development programs. Additionally, he has oversight responsibilities for eleven Small Business Development Centers administered by Rutgers University, one SBA funded Women’s Business Centers and nine chapters of SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business, a volunteer organization that provides free business counseling.
Al started his SBA career in 2008 as the branch manager of SBA’s Long Island Office.In 2009, he served as the acting district director of the SBA’s New York Office for seven months. In January of 2010, Al was appointed as the SBA’s New York deputy district director. In that position he directed the agency’s implementation of its programs and services, promoted the SBA to various business and other groups, and encouraged more lending institutions to take part in SBA programs
Prior to joining the SBA, Al served as Regional Director for the York College Small Business Development Center in Queens, NY. During his nearly six-year tenure, the organization grew considerably with significant increases in the number of counseling hours, and the dollar amount of small business client loans the center helped to facilitate. While at the SBDC, Al also served on several minority and women’s business enterprise committees. These were tasked with creating goals and participation requirements for minority and M/WBE companies in large construction projects scheduled in the borough over the following years.
After earning his undergraduate degree he worked in the entertainment field for five years and returned to school to earn an MBA in marketing and management in 1988 from St. John’s University. He then ran several small businesses, including two of his own, and subsequently counseled others on various aspects of operating and owning a small business.