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Rose Bednarz-Luglio receives Woman in Business Champion

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Advisory Date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Moraima Gutierrez

SBA Announces Annual Award Winners

Rose Bednarz-Luglio receives Woman in Business Champion Award

HARTFORD, CT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced Rose Bednarz-Luglio of Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT the 2013 Women in Business Champion for the State of Connecticut. 

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and recognizing those who work so hard to mentor entrepreneurs achieve success is truly an honor,” said Bernard M. Sweeney, SBA District Director for Connecticut.  “It is a particular privilege to present this award to Rose because of her tireless efforts in helping entrepreneurs.”  

Rose joined Gateway Community College in 1992 and is presently a Professor in the Business Department and Program Coordinator for the Entrepreneurial Studies Program as well as the Fashion Merchandising/Retail Management Program. She also presently teaches an entrepreneurship distance learning course for Charter Oak State College and has previously taught full-time for eighteen years at the University of Bridgeport and as an adjunct at the University of Connecticut and Housatonic Community College. 

Rose developed and implemented the curricula in small business and entrepreneurship at Gateway which includes a comprehensive Associates Degree Program and Certificate Program in Entrepreneurial Studies. At Gateway, Rose also started a Small Business Center with assistance from SCORE and SBA.  It provides educational and technical assistance services to the students at Gateway as well as the community to start and grow small businesses.  The Gateway Small Business Center includes the New Haven Chapter of SCORE offices and provides the opportunity for sponsorships, partnerships, and affiliations for programs and client services with SBA, Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, U.S. Department of Commerce Middletown Export Assistance Center, Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, Women’s Business Center, and Connect Veterans, Inc.

She was nominated by colleague Dennis Brown of the Connecticut Community Investment Corporation. Mr. Brown has observed Rose over the past decades show her commitment to small business by teaching at Gateway and through all of her volunteering. “Rose has a lifetime of assisting small business and is quick to bring others up to receive awards but remains in the background in the areas that she has had so much contribution,” says Dennis Brown.

Rose and all other small Business Week awardees will be honored at the SBA cocktail awards reception on June5th, 2013 at the Hartford Club in Hartford, CT. For more information and to RSVP please contact: Jessica.rivera@sba.org or call (860) 240-4638.

WHAT: Small Business Week 2013

WHEN:   Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

TIME: 5:30PM – 7:30PM 

WHERE:  The Hartford Club
  46 Prospect Street
  Hartford, CT 06103

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953, and assists our nation’s small businesses in creating jobs, preserving free competitive enterprise, and strengthening the overall economy of our nation.


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