Shaun Donovan, secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force teamed up to host the Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery and Matchmaking Summit on Aug. 7 at NJIT. The event, first of its kind in the region since the disaster, educated and connected small businesses to commercial buyers from the private sector and federal, state and local governments. The goal was to help small businesses in the region get back on their feet and to compete for opportunities in the region. Welcoming remarks were delivered by NJIT President Joel S. Bloom; Marilyn Diane Phillips, owner of Serenity Day Spa; Karen Mills, SBA administrator and Shaun Donovan, secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Panelists included Michele Brown, president of New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Preston Pinkett, president & CEO, City National Bank of NJ; John Shoraka, SBA and John Walsh, New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). The event was moderated by Brenda Blackmon, television anchor.