Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) were established in 1977 and can be found in every state in the U.S. Twelve SBDC’s are located throughout New Jersey. The SBDC at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) began serving area small business owners in January 2001.

We provide services to small businesses in all industries, including technology, manufacturing, retail, service, wholesale, as well as international trade. Learn more about the NJ Small Business Development Centers.

Our Staff at RVCC

Bill Harnden – Regional Director

Bill Harnden, Regional Director, SBDC at RVCCAfter receiving his BS degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Ramapo College in 1981, Bill Harnden began a 14-year career at General Motors, managing a number of organizations and operations in GM’s Accounting and Systems Development departments.
In 1995, he left GM to become an entrepreneur, owning and operating a successful Heavenly Ham franchise store for several years. After selling his business in 1998, Bill joined the Raritan Valley Community College Finance Office, handling bursar activities, third-party contracts and grants accounting. In 2004, he was selected for a position as Assistant Director of the Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College, providing business and loan package development counseling to clients. Four years later, he become the center’s Operations Director and in 2012 was promoted to Regional Director, SBDC at RVCC.

In 2016, Bill was a recipient of the NJSBDC State Star Award , which recognized his outstanding performance in assisting small businesses. The award was presented at the 36th Annual America’s SBDC Conference, September 19-22, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Bill Harnden is an active member of the Somerset County Business Partnership and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Leadership Hunterdon, class of 2013. He also contributed to a global publication – “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans,” – by Gwen Moran and Sue Johnson, published by Alpha books. Bill serves on the Board of Trustees for the Friends of Abraham Staats non-profit organization, is active in the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge and served as Head Coach for RVCC’s Women’s Softball from 2001-2013. He is a long-time resident of Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Allison Gill – Administrative Assistant

Allison GillAllison Gill has had several assignments at Raritan Valley Community College — her most recent in Corporate & Continuing Education prior to working in the SBDC. She attended Rutgers College and earned her certification from the Katharine Gibbs School of Business. Allison is pursuing a personal goal of attaining a Bachelor’s degree. She is a long-time resident of the area having lived in both Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and currently resides in Hunterdon.

Kathy Ormosi – Clerical Assistant

Kathy OrmosiBefore joining the Small Business Development Center team as a part-time assistant, Kathy Ormosi worked for AT&T for 23 years in a variety of areas including employee relations, corporate event planning and executive communications. A graduate of RVCC with an Associate of Arts degree, she resides with her husband in South Bound Brook, where she serves on the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and provides support to the historic Abraham Staats House as current president of the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc. Her hobbies include reading, gardening and participating in living history events as a re-enactor for the American Colonial era.

We’re here to help!

Fill out our Request for Counseling Form to schedule an appointment with one of our business counselors.

If you have any questions, review our FAQs or contact our office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.