Directors

Vid A. Bahadur
Regional Director

Vid A. Bahadur is the Regional Director at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County.

Vid has served the Hudson County community for the past 24 years through his tenure at New Jersey City University. He led NJCU to the highest Graduate Enrollments in its history. While doing so,  he petitioned senior administration to increase community access to higher education by removing barriers such as standard test requirements.

Prior to joining NJSBDC at NJCU, Vid co-founded and serves as the Director for NJCU’s Center for Workforce & Community Development. His team specializes in workforce readiness, skills training, employer engagement and job training. Through these capacities, Vid is positioned to drive economic mobility and transform lives for Hudson County residents and beyond. Vid is a member of the Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

Juan Medina
Operations Director

Juan Medina is the Operations Director at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County. Since 2010, Juan has been responsible for the expansion of the Hispanic outreach program due to his strong relationships and his command of the Spanish Language. He regularly works with entrepreneurs in various capacities including but not limited to, financial statements review and general business structure evaluations, with the goal to identify best business practices and assure their continued growth; as well as, assisting the regional office with qualifying those clients who are in need of funding. He is also responsible for organizing and conducting seminars for startup and established businesses.

Juan has almost 10 years of small business banking experience covering a broad range of areas, including financial analysis and merchant business.

Prior to joining the NJSBDC at NJCU, Juan worked for HSBC Bank as a Business Specialist where he was responsible for developing and managing profitable businesses relationships. He effectively profiled new businesses and assisted them in meeting their needs and goals. He worked closely with Business Bankers in creating analytical research reports and contributing to the development of new tactics that generated business. In addition,  Juan was a Merchant Services Account Executive at Sovereign Bank. His responsibilities included general marketing within targeted areas, financial assessments, and customer service.

Christian Pichardo
Marketing Director

Christian Pichardo is the Marketing Director at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County. He specializes in digital marketing, e-commerce, branding, and marketing planning and is responsible for regional marketing campaigns, event management, and marketing consultations.

Christian has over 4 years of experience in digital marketing and consulting small businesses on online tactics and strategy. Having several entrepreneurial ventures under his belt within e-commerce, fashion, and digital marketing services industries, he has a wide array of experiences he taps into when consulting with the small businesses at the NJSBDC.

He achieved an A.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Marketing. In addition, Christian holds a certification in Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing.

Prior to joining NJSBDC at NJCU, Christian worked 5 years in sales and management with a small family carpeting business and the billion-dollar storage company, ‘Extra Space Storage.’ He likes to apply strategies and tactics of large corporate entities to local small businesses for explosive growth.

Today, Christian has the most popular Social Media for Small Business workshop in the network.

Consultants

Victor Silvestre
Senior Business Consultant

Victor Silvestre is a Senior Business Consultant at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County, specializing in business startups, early stage development, and general business planning. He plays a vital role as a key consultant with the Hispanic Outreach Program of the NJSBDC at NJCU, working with various government consultant offices and focusing on aspiring entrepreneurs looking to achieve the American dream.

On the surface, Victor is a lighthearted business consultant but this Navy veteran has over 20 years of experience as a retail bank manager, commercial business banker, and as a business owner. As a result, he has an added perspective on the struggles and challenges that small business owners go through. He is a results-driven, professional leader with extensive business, managerial and motivational skills.

Prior to joining the Center, Victor was the Small Business Program Manager at the Hudson County Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprise (OMWBE) where he was responsible for guiding small and minority business owners gain information on the procurement process through seminars and training events. He was also responsible for updating and making changes to various sections of the Hudson County websites as requested by different departments.

Ryan Silvestre
Senior Business Consultant

Ryan Silvestre is a Senior Business Consultant at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County, specializing in corporate finance and turnaround management. He has also assisted in developing and implementing programs for Spanish speaking entrepreneurs.

Ryan has over 10 years of corporate finance experience covering a broad range of transaction types in different industries, including but not limited to, debt and equity raises, recapitalization, valuation modeling and has assisted on several middle market M&A and LBO deals.

Prior to joining the Center, Ryan was an Investment Banker and Business Development Officer with a boutique commercial finance firm owned by Morgan Stanley on Wall Street. He was responsible for establishing new national relationships using their AR Facilities, ABL, and equity services. He also worked closely with senior C level directors in creating analytical research reports and contributing to the development of the marketing plan for the company.

During his college years and after his graduation, Ryan worked with a small business broker where he was responsible for debt and equity placement with a focus on real estate and working capital loans. He also provided basic forensic accounting services to help develop greater efficiencies in the operations of small businesses allowing them to become more bankable. Lastly, he was also responsible for training and managing new sales hire.

Student Assistants

Uzma Shaikh
Student Marketing Assistant

Uzma Shaikh is a Student Marketing Assistant at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County. With the Marketing Director, Uzma manages the Center’s marketing efforts including social media and email marketing. She also handles administrative and clerical duties for the Center.

Prior to joining NJSBDC at NJCU, Uzma shortly worked at the Mayor’s Office in Jersey City as a Social Media Intern. Enrolled in the Business Honors Program at NJCU, Uzma is currently a Senior pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a concentration in Public Relations.

Botirjon Ibrohimov
Student Marketing Assistant

Botirjon Ibrohimov is a Student Marketing Assistant at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County. For over two years, he has actively assisted the Marketing Director in handling the creation and organization of multimedia to the Center’s channels of communication.

Prior to joining NJSBDC at NJCU, Botirjon worked at NJCU’s Student Government Organization (SGO) for a year in the Marketing and Management department. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Marketing at NJCU.

Leonel Guevara
Student Finance Assistant

Leonel Guevara is a Student Finance Assistant at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County. He assists the Senior Consultants at the Center with analyzing client taxes/financial records and helping them with creation of business loans.

Prior to joining NJSBDC at NJCU, Leonel interned with one of SBDC’s clients. There, he was in charge of bookkeeping and maintaining financial records through the QuickBooks software.

He is currently a Senior at NJCU who is working towards a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in Mathematics.

Nicolas Jablonsky
Student Finance Assistant

Nicolas Jablonsky is a Student Finance Assistant at the NJ Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Hudson County. He assists the Senior Consultants in revising business plans, looking over financial statements, and brainstorming along with clients to benefit their business.

Nicolas is currently a Senior at NJCU, majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. He is also a part of the Business Honors Program.

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