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Mary Ann Dziak Is the New Director of the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University

Mary Ann Dziak, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes UniversityMary Ann Dziak is the new director of the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University. Dziak is responsible for delivering consulting and training services to small businesses in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Sullivan counties to accomplish the center’s mission. The center’s mission is to help small businesses succeed from successful startup to profitable growth that provides jobs and economic prosperity in their communities.

“Ms. Dziak emerged as the top candidate from over 40 candidates for the Small Business Development Center Director position,” said Jeffrey Alves, professor of entrepreneurship and dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. “The search committee believed that her management experience working in the grant-funded, not-for-profit area, her experience with small businesses, and her knowledge of the social and economic opportunities and challenges of the region made her the best choice for this challenging role.” 

Dziak brings over 20 years of diversified and progressive business management and leadership expertise to her new role. Prior to her appointment at the Small Business Development Center, she was chief executive officer and executive director of the Greater Pittston YMCA and director of the Lackawanna College Hazleton Center. Dziak is the former deputy director for field operations at Pathstone Corporation, Scranton; a business consultant, project manager and partner in La Marja, Inc., Hazleton; chief professional officer and executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and manager and national program development specialist at Kidspeace National Centers in Wilkes-Barre. 

Dziak is an adjunct faculty member and on the faculty advisory committee of the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. She serves on the CAN BE Economic Development advisory board and is a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry; the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce; the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network; the President’s Advisory Council at King’s College; and the President’s Alumni Advisory Council and Business Department Advisory Board at Luzerne County Community College.  She is also a former member of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Lackawanna County Women’s Commission, and former vice president of the Executive Association of United Way Agencies and the Scranton Kiwanis Club. She received a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Misericordia University and bachelor’s degrees in human resources management and psychology from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 

As a key member of the Wilkes University Entrepreneurship Centers of Excellence, the Small Business Development Center works with the Family Business Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania to provide training to its members and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship to prepare Wilkes students for creating jobs.