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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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Entrepreneur Praises SBDC, Asks for More Support

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In a recent letter to The Times-Tribune, Colette Srebro Hughes praised the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Colette is the owner C3 Concepts, a house cleaning company located in Scott Township, PA.

In 1998, Collette had a vision of starting her own business and sought out the resources of the Scranton SBDC. At the time, she had only one employee. With the help of the Scranton University SBDC, Colette learned how to create a business plan, handle business taxes and budgets, and learned about effective customer service. The SBDC also helped her to utilize social media marketing to increase sales.

Colette now has 10 employees that service residential and commercial clients throughout Pennsylvania. In 2008, Colette won the prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center.

In her letter, Colette believes the SBDC is an invaluable resource for business owners:

“The SBDC remains one of the federal government’s most successful programs to provide management and technical assistance for new and existing enterprises,” said Colette. She goes on: “Implore your state and federal legislators to support the SBDC. Its importance to our nation’s economy is crucial. Future jobs depend on it.”

 Read the full letter here.