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University of Scranton SBDC to Host Six-Week "Start-Up" program for Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs

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The Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, affiliated with the University of Scranton’s Arthur J. Kania School of Management, along with the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, present “Start-Up,” a six-week educational series to help women start a business. This series will teach attendees first-steps, best practices, and business essentials. “Start-Up”…

Saint Vincent College SBDC to Host Global Growth Conference Focusing on U.S. Export Controls & Compliance

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Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) Center for Global Competitiveness, along with co-sponsors U.S. Commercial Service and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, will host the 6th Annual Global Growth Conference on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. This conference’s main objective is to educate attendees on U.S. Export Controls and Regulations by featuring…

Green Awards Honor EMAP's Nancy Crickman for Providing Environmental Assistance to Small Businesses

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In its April issue, Main Line Today gave praise to individuals and organizations from the Main Line area who are working on notable green projects and initiatives. Nancy Crickman, Director of Environmental, Energy & Technology Services within the Pennsylvania SBDC’s Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) was highlighted as a winner for continuing to…

Streamlining Government to Help Small Businesses

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Last Friday President Obama proposed several initiatives to help streamline the ways that America’s businesses can work with the government. His proposal includes two main elements:

  1. Elevate the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator position, currently held by Karen Mills, to the President’s Cabinet.

  2. Merge five agencies into a single agency focused on helping the private sector: the SBA, the United States Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency, plus the business and trade functions of the Commerce Department.

According to the White House, the plan would save about $3 billion over 10 years and cut about 1,000 to 2,000 jobs, in addition to eliminating the Commerce Department. Along with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the SBA is one of the main funding agencies of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).

While the plan has yet to be approved, it is potentially significant for the entrepreneurs and small business owners the Pennsylvania SBDC serve. It ensures that there is a powerful economic agency at the Federal level where small businesses would be a strong focus. There would be more coordination between the SBDC and the partners we work with to provide services to small businesses. It also helps to modernize the government's structure to better  maximize services for the American people.

In his weekly address, President Obama noted the importance of the plan to entrepreneurs:

"These changes will make it easier for small business owners to get the loans and support they need to sell their products around the world."

Read more at  The New York Times and the Huffington Post.