Business Leader Nunzio Cernero Retires
From Mercer County Community College

12-08-04

Nunzio Cernero, founder of two important business ventures for Mercer County, will retire this month from Mercer County Community College, where he serves as assistant dean for Training and Development.

About 25 years ago Cernero established both the Center for Training and Development and what is now called the Small Business Development Center. He has regularly taught marketing, management and small business management courses in both the credit and noncredit divisions of the college.

As director of The Center for Training and Development, Cernero led the effort to offer employee training to almost all of the major business in Mercer County, including Princeton University, Trane, BM Squibb, Hibbert, municipal governments such as Hamilton Township and Trenton, every medical center in the county, RCA and the NJ National Guard.

The Mercer County Small Business Development Center was started by Cernero as the “Small Business Assistance Center,” one of five in the U.S. The concept was expanded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Cernero served for 12 years on the National Advisory Council to the U.S. Small Business Administration. He also worked at the national level with the Association of Community Colleges in Washington D.C.

According to MCCC president, Robert Rose, “Nunzio has built outstanding programs at Mercer that will continue the success he has started. We hope he will continue to help the college and we wish him and his wife Deanna the very best.”

Now a resident of Brick, New Jersey, Cernero lived for 40 years in Lawrence and Hamilton Townships in Mercer County. He has served as a member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce, the Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Board of Trenton Business and Technology Center, and is currently on the board of the TRI/Princeton research institute. His wife, Deanna, also a professional staff member at MCCC, will be retiring with him.

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