Small Business Development Center, University At Albany’s Veterans Business Advisor Honored as Veteran Small Business Advocate of 2003
University At Albany’s Veterans Business Advisor, Howard Wildove

Left to Right: William Brigham, Director, University at Albany SBDC; Howard Wildove, Veteran’s Business Advisor; and Michael Pappas, SBA Regional Administrator.
Albany, NY – May 14, 2003 – Lieutenant Colonel Howard Wildove, USAF (RET), Veteran’s Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center, University At Albany (SBDC, UA) was named the Small Business Administration’s Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year 2003. He was honored on May 8, 2003 during the Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon at the Desmond.

In the three years since Wildove joined the University’s center as a Veterans Business Advisor, 525 veterans have obtained business assistance; accessed $7,747,766 in capital, and helped create or save 466 jobs.. Himself a disabled veteran, Wildove has counseled many disabled veterans, as well as veteran inmates at the Mt. McGregor and the Coxsackie Correctional Facilities.

Immediately following the 9-11 tragedy, Wildove traveled to New York City to work with distressed small businesses. Other achievements include 23 years of military service, where he flew over 6300 hours including 42 combat missions over Vietnam.

The SBDC, UA offers no cost one-to-one counseling; assisting start-up and existing businesses in developing strategic business plans, identifying appropriate sources of funding, providing market research, management information and financial analysis.

Since its establishment in 1984, the SBDC at UA has worked directly with 12,404 businesses, helping them invest over $17 million in the area’s economy.

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