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UNF welcomes Debbie Magyar as Florida Small Business Development Center director

Debbie Magyar HeadshotThe Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of North Florida has named Debbie Magyar as the new director of the organization.  

In this position, Magyar will oversee entrepreneurial and small business programs designed to enhance, grow and elevate small companies and professions in 18 surrounding Florida counties. The SBDC has more than 2,000 clients in the region. 

“Debbie is a proven leader in small business advocacy and development,” said Dr. Richard J. Buttimer, UNF Coggin College of Business dean. “She is poised to take the Florida SBDC at UNF to new levels and success in the development of a sector that accounts for a majority of jobs in the North Florida region.” 

Magyar previously served as a business advisor and course instructor at the Chatham University- Pittsburgh Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. She was also the chief executive officer and consultant for Launch and Balance Consulting firm in Pittsburgh. No stranger to the Small Business Development Center culture, Magyar also served as the innovation-technology program director for the West Virginia SBDC. 

“Debbie has extensive experience and understands SBDC objectives while she successfully operated her own small business consulting agency,” Buttimer said. “I have every confidence that Debbie will excel as the director of the SBDC at UNF, and I look forward to her contributions to the Coggin College executive committee.”