McDonough School of Business

About the Georgetown SBC

Georgetown University is committed to supporting the greater Washington, D.C., business community. The Small Business Corps (SBC) empowers small businesses in under-served areas in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region. We partner with Georgetown University students to provide pro-bono consulting services tailored to each business’s needs. Inspired by Georgetown’s Jesuit values, our goal is to guide the small businesses through complex challenges and achieve long-term sustainability, fostering a thriving DMV economy.

Why We Exist:

The Challenge:

Our Solution:

    Meet the Co-Founders

    Patrick McCloskey (B’88)

    Patrick McCloskey, co-founder of the Small Business Corps (SBC) channels his extensive expertise into supporting small businesses and fostering growth opportunities. As managing partner of Aeterna Capital Partners, a family office-backed alternative investment firm focusing on the lower middle market, McCloskey has facilitated over 85 transactions globally, directing billions in capital to public and private enterprises.

    A proud Hoya, McCloskey holds a cum laude degree in finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law. His career spans leadership roles at Lazard’s Private Placement Group in New York and London, as well as positions at Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette/Credit Suisse. McCloskey also founded the Twenty-Minute Club, promoting collaborative investment among family office groups.

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    Chris Pilkerton

    Chris Pilkerton, co-founder of the Small Business Corps (SBC), has had a diverse career spanning various sectors. He led the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and previously managed compliance at JPMorgan Chase, focusing on risk and regulatory changes. Pilkerton was recognized by Fortune as one of its “Heroes of the Fortune 500” for his work supporting Ebola-affected orphans in Liberia.

    Before JPMorgan Chase, Pilkerton served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, handling cases in narcotics and financial crimes. He later investigated insider trading and fraud as senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

    Pilkerton also worked as a partner at law firms, specializing in regulations and advising early-stage companies and finance. He has served on NASDAQ Futures, Inc.’s Board and worked at the Catholic University of America’s Law and Public Policy Program. Pilkerton holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, a law degree from Catholic University of America, and a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University, with a certificate in data analytics from Cornell University.

    Meet the Team