Maine SBDC names Christine Long as 2016 State Star

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Christine Long

Christine (Chris) Long, 2016 Maine SBDC State Star

The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC), a state-wide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, has selected Christine Long as the 2016 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff that has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success.

“Chris is a tremendous asset to the Maine SBDC program. Always kind and helpful, Chris is the quiet one working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the program provides consistent and superior services to our clients statewide,” said Maine SBDC State Director, Mark Delisle.

Long is an administrative manager at the Maine SBDC at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland.  She has been with the Maine SBDC for 27 years and coordinates the USM business advising center providing assistance to clients and business advisors.  In addition, she manages all online requests for business advising and provides administrative, procedural and program support to the lead office and business advisors across the state.

Each year, America’s Small Business Development Centers recognizes top performers from programs around the country at its annual conference. A special reception will be held Monday, September 19, 2016 in Orlando, Florida to honor this year’s award winners.