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Lucille Wesnofske Named One Of Long Island's Top 50 Women

Farmingdale State's Director of Small Business Development Center To Be Honored

March 10, 2011


Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce that Lucille Wesnofske, director of the small business development center, has been selected as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. The award is given to professional women in the region who have made significant contributions through their business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. She received this award in May 2007 and again in 2008.   As a third time honoree, Ms. Wesnofske will become a member of the Hall of Fame.

“Lucille Wesnofske brings outstanding business experience to the College from her years serving the community.  Lucille is most deserving of this award and appropriately joins a list of accomplished women,” said W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College.

Ms. Wesnofske has been the director of the Farmingdale State Small Business Development Center since joining the college in 2001.   She is responsible for managing the Small Business Development Center and ensuring its effectiveness as a provider of services to small businesses locally.  She also oversees compliance issues as they relate to New York State and the Small Business Administration.

Ms. Wesnofske was the first business advisor in New York State to achieve advanced certification from the New York State Small Business Development Center.  She received the "Star Performer Award" from the National Association of Small Business Development Centers. In addition, the software authored by Ms. Wesnofske, "Building Blocks Child Care Business Planner," won LISTNET's LISA award.  

“Lucille leads a team of proven experts who consistently deliver quality services to new and existing businesses on Long Island from the Regional Center at Farmingdale College. Her leadership and dedication to the program is the basis for this prestigious recognition,” said James L. King, State Director of the New York State Small Business Development Center.

Among Ms. Wesnofske’s numerous awards is the College’s 2006 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Additionally, in April 2007 she was honored by Execuleaders as a "Champion of Small Business." 

In 2000, she developed an automated decision support system for the New York State child care industry. Successful launch of the completed product then gave potential child care providers the necessary tool to create a business plan specifically geared to a “for-profit” childcare business.  Her plan was then used extensively statewide by other SBDCs, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and industry resource and referral agencies.  Through a new grant, she recently revised and modernized the program. 

She is presently the President of Women Economic Developers of Long Island, sits on the Board of the Child Care Council of Suffolk, chairs the Professional Development Committee of the NYS Small Business Development Center, chairs the Farmingdale State College Centennial Advisory Committee, is a member of the Farmingdale State College Centennial Steering Committee and has participated in a wide array of small business and civic groups throughout her career.

Ms. Wesnofske, a resident of Shirley, received her AAS degree from Farmingdale State College and her BA and MPS from Stony Brook University.

She will receive her award at a gala hosted by Long Island Business News on May 19, 2011 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York.

Farmingdale State College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps entrepreneurs, businesses, and industry become more productive and profitable. By assisting new and existing small businesses, the SBDC contributes to the economic stability and growth of Long Island and New York State.

Farmingdale has also been named as the 5th safest campus in the nation, based on a statistical analysis conducted by the online publication The Daily Beast, and the College ranks in the top 110 public colleges nationally in terms of the earning power of its graduates, according to payscale.com.