College Prep Lady Prepares High School Students for Post- Secondary Education in Central, PA

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Like all local heroes, and nascent entrepreneurs, Myra Blackwell successfully identified a business opportunity after listening to the needs and challenges in her community.  As a result, Myra Blackwell, also known as the “College Prep Lady”, began the courageous journey to create a new venture that aims to simplify the process…

Bucknell University SBDC Holds 2017 Celebration of Small Business

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On Friday, July 21, 2017 the Bucknell University SBDC held is annual Celebration of Small Business on Bucknell's campus in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. During the breakfast, four awards were given to the following exemplary small business owners: InnovateHER Business Challenge Bucknell SBDC Regional Winner: Kaitlin Schuck, Threading Love, Recognizing her efforts and…

Want to Commercialize your Technology? Learn How at the 2017 SBIR Workshop in Villanova

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Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur in the technology sector looking for opportunities to fund development of an innovative technology? If you want to commercialize your technology, The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program can help.   As a highly competitive awards-based program, SBIR provides funding for innovators…

Lehigh SBDC Client Presented with Export Award

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Earlier this week, U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) presented the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Certificate (EAC) to Lehigh SBDC client, GOW-MAC Instrument Company.

The award recognizes companies that have shown growth in exports, remained in good financial standing, and have benefited from the Department’s export assistance expanding their international sales into new foreign markets.

GOW-MAC is a Bethlehem-based manufacturer and worldwide exporter of high quality analytical instruments for those involved with the detection, analysis, production or supply of gases within the industrial, medical and specialty gas industry. Ken Finke, Vice President of GOW-MAC, came to the Lehigh University SBDC back in 2004 for international business assistance.

Since then, GOW-MAC has been utilizing the services of the Lehigh University SBDC for research assistance, the PA Export network Authorized Trade Representatives and the Market Access Grant Program.

"With assistance from these organizations, GOW-MAC has successfully developed new markets or increased sales to countries such as China, South Korea, India, Turkey and Russia," said Ken Fincke.

As a result, during the last three years GOW-MAC has seen their sales of gas chromatographs and gas analyzers continue to grow at a rapid pace.

Read more at the GOW-MAC web site.

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Left to right: Antonio Ceballos, Samuel Cerrato, Kenneth Fincke, Charles Dent, Jeffrey Lawson (back), Peter O’Neill, Cora Landis, Frank Facchiano.