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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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18 for October

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That’s 18 success stories. One from each of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).

We’re highlighting 18 Pennsylvania SBDC success stories -- among hundreds -- throughout the month of October to showcase the range of small businesses that the SBDC helps every day. With so many success stories, it’s difficult to pick just one for each SBDC. But the '18 for October' selections represent Pennsylvania’s vibrant entrepreneurial community and the types of individuals who approach the SBDC for help starting and growing their business.

We’ll get started with the Bucknell University and Telepole Manufacturing.

Based in Muncy (Lycoming County), Telpepole manufactures telescoping flagpoles made out of aircraft-grade aluminum for a variety of industries and purposes. Telepole owner and founde Kim Digenakis contacted the Bucknell SBDC for help with product development and improvements. The SBDC assistance provided to Kim helped him create a new product line. He now has five employees and is on track to hit $1 million in sales within three years.

Read more about Telepole.

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