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Beth Goldberg, District Director

Beth Goldberg

Ms. Goldberg was appointed as the district director of SBA’s New York district office on January 26, 2015.   She is responsible for overseeing the delivery and efficiency of all SBA programs and services to the greater New York small business community which includes the 14 counties of New York City, Long Island and the lower Mid-Hudson Valley (from Westchester to Ulster and Sullivan counties). There are approximately 1.6 million small businesses in the district that employ over five million people with a payroll of $322.7 billion. In addition to the main office in New York City, the district has a branch office on Long Island. 

Ms. Goldberg has specialized in the field of economic development and in 1987 founded Auric Ventures, Ltd.  The firm is dedicated to facilitating the relationship between corporate America and government.

Prior to founding Auric Ventures, Ltd., Ms. Goldberg served first as Director of Finance and Development (1981-1982) and then as President and Chief Operating Officer (1982-1987) of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), where she served as the lead consultant on economic development matters to the President of the Borough of Brooklyn, the Mayor of the City of New York and the Governor of the State of New York.

 Under her leadership BEDC became the model for economic development in the State of New York. In addition to developing the corporate structure for BEDC, Ms. Goldberg participated in the structuring of several billions of dollars of commercial and industrial development, including real estate, leveraged buy-outs and mergers and acquisitions; the creation of a revolving loan fund for small businesses; the development of the master plan for the re-development of Downtown Brooklyn; the creation of five in-place industrial parks and over twenty commercial revitalization corridors and business improvement districts; the negotiations for Brooklyn’s economic development budgets within the multi-billion dollar City and State budgets; and formulated policy positions that lead to legislation effecting commercial real estate, tax abatements, financial business incentives, energy cost reductions and transportation systems.

 Ms. Goldberg is considered to be one of the architects of New York City’s economic development program. Her opinions are well respected both in the business community and local, state, and national government. In fact, during the early 1990’s Ms. Goldberg was retained by the City of New York to create test situations and evaluate the results of professionals seeking employment in high level positions in economic development in New York City government.

 Since founding her firm, there are several projects among her many achievements that Ms. Goldberg is most proud of highlighting. In 1992, Ms. Goldberg was retained by Pratt Industries, a multi-billion dollar, privately held, Australian based recycled paper company to locate a major manufacturing facility inside the City of New York and negotiate the economic incentives necessary for the City to attract the investment. Heralded as the largest and the most significant industrial development project done in New York City in over fifty years, the Phase I, $200 million, 41 acre site in Staten Island opened its doors for production in March of 1997. Ms. Goldberg completed working on Phase II, a $30 million expansion, in July of 2008. Currently, Ms. Goldberg participates on a global green energy committee analyzing alternative energy projects from around the world and their fit in an urban environment, including gasification and anaerobic digestion.

 In 2002, Ms. Goldberg was retained by a California based private equity fund, the Canyon Johnson Urban Fund, to help procure funding. Ms. Goldberg facilitated the first real estate based private equity investment for the New York City pension system. In 2005, she once again facilitated approvals for the New York City pension funds to invest in Canyon Johnson Urban Fund II and in 2007 there was a third investment in Canyon Johnson Urban Fund III. Ms. Goldberg also participated with a new fund strategy with the Canyon Johnson Urban Communities Fund that invests in affordable housing. In addition in 2005, Ms. Goldberg was retained as part of a team to place the first hedge fund investment for the Philadelphia pension system with Allianz Hedge Fund Partners.

In addition, Ms. Goldberg formed two subsidiary corporations, Auric Properties, Inc. and Auric Healthcare Solutions, LLC in order to provide more specific consulting services to clients.

 From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Goldberg was a member of the Tax Exempt Bond Fund Recycling Coalition based in Washington, DC. This coalition has been active in creating new energy legislation, as well as clarifying United States Department of the Treasury rules and regulations that would allow recycling manufacturing facilities around the nation to be built using tax exempt financing.

 From 2011-2014, Ms. Goldberg served on the Board of Trustees of the Discovery Times Square Foundation, a relatively new not-for-profit which is endeavoring to train teachers from underperforming school districts to learn to teach to the core curriculum standards in New York City’s newest and most modern museum space, Discovery Times Square.

Ms. Goldberg earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work in Social Planning, Community Organizing and Not-for-Profit Management with a specialization in Industrial Social Welfare from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Psychology and Political Science from Brooklyn College. She is a fully licensed New York State real estate broker and holds NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Ms. Goldberg is married to Dr. Daniel Meyer who is a clinical psychologist with the New York City Department of Education in District 75 in Staten Island, as well as in private practice. They have a son who graduated from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, class of 2014 and a daughter who is attending the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, class of 2016.