The LI Law Podcast

Ep7: Lauren Linakis of the Farmingdale SBDC discusses certification as an MWBE business and how to get government contracts.

July 31, 2019

Welcome to the LI Law Podcast.  We feature legal issues and developments which affect Long Island residents and business owners.  The podcast focuses on Long Island law topics and includes greater New York court and legislative happenings.  If you are one of the approximate 8 million residents of Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings counties), or want to enjoy all law-related matters on Long Island, this podcast is for you!

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Our guest on this 7th episode is Lauren Linakis, who advises listeners about M/WBE procurement opportunities in New York State and specifically in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and New York City – and why you should apply for NYS certification.

The Farmingdale Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is located on the campus of Farmingdale State College and provides free, one-on-one business advising. This free technical assistance is available to anyone who wants to start a business or who already owns a business. Services range from answering startup and business structure questions to assisting with business plans, cash flow projections, marketing plans, and loan information. 

The mission of the SBDC is to provide professional business advisement, education, network resources and to advocate for small business and entrepreneurs.

The SBDC at Farmingdale State College plays a key role in economic development by providing free, high-quality, technical and management assistance to start-up and existing small businesses. Certified SBDC business advisors are ready to counsel and train you to make your business succeed.

Through direct, one-on-one counseling, the SBDC provides a range of management and technical assistance services and information, including:

  • Small Business
  • Start-Up
  • Business Plan Development
  • Government Contracting
  • Organizational Structures
  • Financial Planning
  • Cost Analysis
  • Loan Information
  • Marketing Assistance.  

Lauren joined the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2019. Before arriving at the SBDC, Lauren was the Associate Director of the LaGuardia Community College Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), where she helped small businesses understand government contracting and how to market their goods and services to the government. In recognition of her expertise in government procurement assistance, Lauren earned her Certified Procurement Professional Certificate from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in 2016. Lauren has a history of working with small businesses on many levels and environments.

While she worked in the Office of the President at the American University in Cairo, Lauren dedicated her time to working with Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women. The program was designed to provide female entrepreneurs in Egypt with best practices to develop their businesses. In addition, while she worked for Tony Blair at the Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem, Lauren helped small businesses in the city find partnerships and funding.

Lauren holds her Bachelor's degree in political science from Barnard College and her Master's in economic development from Columbia University.

Lauren may be contacted via email at or via phone at 934-420-2891.

Lauren Linakis
Business Advisor
Small Business Development Center
T. 934-420-2891
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Thank you, Lauren, and welcome to the podcast!

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