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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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Commercializing New Technologies

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Congratulations to the Duquesne University SBDC and the Pennsylvania SBDC Clean Tech Resource Center for hosting a successful TCOMM (Technology Commercialization) conference last week.

The conference was designed for entrepreneurs and innovators who want to commercialize new technologies. The event featured sessions specifically dedicated to clean technology businesses, including ways to secure financing along with a discussion on the stages of development in the clean technology commercialization process. A nice summary of the TCOMM conference is found in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Dr. Mary McKinney, Director of Duquesne's Small Business Development Center, said the idea for the conference came about after the university received funding from the federal Small Business Administration. The money was targeted to help tech businesses market their concepts and to train them on applying for the federal Small Business Innovation Research program, which supports companies developing technologies that could benefit various government agencies.

Ms. McKinney said Duquesne reached out to university Small Business Development Centers throughout the state to join the conference and invited well-known local tech resource companies such as Innovation Works, the Technology Collaborative and Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation.

She said the collaboration would show emerging business owners just how much help is available locally to assist them in finding core customers and funding sources.

"A lot of business owners don't know about some of the excellent resources available to them," she said.

Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Learn more about Pennsylvania SBDC technology assistance services