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No-Fee Webinar Series Available to Business Owners During National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are reminding all small business owners about the importance of business continuity.  As part of National Preparedness Month, company management are encouraged to tune into webinars available throughout the month of September to educate themselves on current…

Pennsylvania SBDC Consultants to Present During America’s SBDC National Conference in San Francisco

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Business consultants from across the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network have been selected to present during the 35th Annual America’s SBDC Conference being held September 8-11, 2015 in San Francisco. The Pennsylvania SBDC network will lead six presentations during the conference alongside nationally recognized speakers and colleagues from the…

Mary Ann Dziak Named Director of the Wilkes University SBDC

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Mary Ann Dziak has been named the new director of the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University. Dziak is responsible for overseeing the consulting and education services to small businesses in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Sullivan counties. “We welcome Ms. Dziak to the statewide network of Pennsylvania SBDCs,…

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.