December 3, 1996

James Graham is New Director of Maryland Small Business Development Center Network

College Park, MD - December 3, 1996 - James N. Graham has been appointed director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, effective January 6, 1997. The Maryland SBDC Network is administered by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a major unit of the Maryland Business School, University of Maryland at College Park.

Since 1993, Graham has served as executive director of the Small Business Finance Corporation in York, PA. Since 1992, he has directed the Office of Small Business & Corporate Growth, York (PA) County Chamber of Commerce. His other past positions include coordinator for economic development for the Economic and Community Development Commission of Frederick, MD; director of finance and development for the Pennsylvania Directors' Association for Community Action; and administrator for the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce.

"It's a particular pleasure to announce the appointment of James Graham as director of the Maryland SBDC Network," said Charles Heller, director of the Dingman Center. "James brings to Maryland a wealth of experience in the financial community, economic development, and assistance to small business. He will lead the effort to bring the SBDC Network to a new level."

Maryland's Small Business Development Centers provide free individualized business consulting, low-cost business training seminars, workshops and conferences, and targeted research in support of small business concerns. In addition to the Maryland SBDC lead center at the Dingman Center, regional centers are located in Baltimore, Salisbury, LaPlata, Landover, and Cumberland.

About the Robert H. Smith School of Business

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