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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: Bodega 22

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Our next 18 for October success story is a design studio located in Pittsburgh, Bodega 22.

Bodega 22 is a full service design studio created by Michael Solano-Mulling. Michael worked as a freelance graphic designer for several years before embarking on his own business venture.

When he was ready to put his plan into action, Michael visited the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center. He wanted to create a business that combined his passion of art and design with a community of locally-owned businesses. His SBDC consultant taught him key marketing techniques and strategies. Michael was advised to create a website promoting his portfolio to the public, and learned new ways to gain influence with small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Bodega 22 opened for business in January 2010. The marketing strategy developed with the help of the SBDC has already earned Bodega 22 several clients in the western Pennsylvania market and beyond.

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