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Hancock Estabrook, LLP is pleased to announce that Litigation Chair and MWBE Certification and Services Lead Attorney James P. Youngs has been appointed to the New York State Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board for the New York State Small Business Development Center (New York SBDC) is a collective of business, government and educational leaders from across the state. These men and women advise and provide expertise to the New York SBDC’s Executive Director and its staff in advancing and improving the New York SBDC’s mission to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in New York.

New York SBDC State Director, Sonya Smith, stated, “Our advisory board went through some significant changes in the past year, and I am excited to add James Youngs to our board roster. We have a diverse group that is really focused on helping the SBDC identify strategies to better serve our small businesses across NYS. Jim and his extensive background will add great value to what we plan to do, to carry out that mission and vision. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with MWBEs and certifications as well as many other things that will really push this network to the next level.”

Mr. Youngs focuses his practice on representing companies, organizations, municipalities and individuals in a broad range of matters, including business and contract disputes, regulatory and administrative proceedings, intellectual property infringement claims, construction disputes and real property litigation. Mr. Youngs has developed a special practice assisting new and existing businesses seeking to obtain Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification from New York State and other government and private accrediting agencies. He is a preeminent attorney in this emerging area of the law, having secured many notable successes in appeals from denials of certification.

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