In November 2018, Courtney Curatolo, Ph.D. became the Director of the SBDC with a commitment to maximizing the small business climate in the three county region including Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties. Curatolo’s background includes experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors building skills in strategic planning, marketing, leadership training, government affairs, public relations, community outreach, and development and implementation of public -private partnerships. She is a published author on the topics of leadership development, civic engagement, and effective facilitation and sustainability of public - private partnerships. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, a M.A. in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Adult and Community Educational Leadership.