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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: Jean Bonnet Tavern

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The next 18 for October success story comes from South Central Pennsylvania.

When the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford went up for sale, Melissa and Shannon Jacobs were determined to purchase the struggling business and turn it a success.

The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helped the Jacobs create a comprehensive business plan to secure financing that enabled the purchase of the historic site and to preserve the inn's traditional features. Shortly after the purchase, revenues quickly exceeded projections and the Inn's staff increased from 13 to 50.

“We're thrilled with our success, and of course we didn't do it alone,” said Melissa Jacobs. She credits a “terrific staff,” thorough planning thanks to the St. Francis SBDC, and the Progress Fund for supplying critical financing.

“We have a great business because we had a great business plan,” said Jacobs.

Read more about Jean Bonnet Tavern.