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NJ Small Business Development Center leader retires, successor named

Hopper has led the NJSBDC network since 1991

Brenda Hopper, who led America’s Small Business Development Center’s statewide network from its headquarters at Rutgers Business School since 1991, retired on March 31.

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Hopper, who earned an undergraduate degree and MBA from Rutgers University, oversaw training and lobbying efforts that assisted small business owners throughout New Jersey, according to the Small Business Development Center. She was also a visible and supportive member of the Rutgers Business School community.

She will be succeeded by Leon Fraser, an assistant professor of professional practice on the management and global business faculty and managing director of Rutgers Business School’s Executive Education Program.


Fraser’s term as interim chief executive officer and state director of the New Jersey SBDC is effective April 1.

The NJSBDC is a network that provides management and technical assistance and advocates for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the state. It is primarily funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and supported by New Jersey’s Business Action Center.

David Hutter
David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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