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Duquesne University and Kutztown University SBDCs Funded Through SBA Growth Fund Accelerator to Serve Hispanic Business Owners

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have announced that the Duquesne University SBDC and the Kutztown University SBDC have been selected as two of 50 nationwide winners to receive monetary awards of $50,000 as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Growth Accelerator Fund competition.   Duquesne University SBDC’s…

Penn State SBDC to close Philipsburg office Sept. 30

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Penn State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will close the Philipsburg Outreach Office on Sept. 30, 2014. Demand for services in the Centre Region has made SBDC reevaluate the allocation of resources and staffing, as consultants there look for more efficient ways to deliver services to small businesses. The Penn State…

Lehigh University SBDC Hosting Lehigh Valley's Premier International Conference for Businesses on September 15, 2014

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On Monday, September 15, the Lehigh University SBDC will host ‘Bringing the World to You,’ an informative day of international trade sessions for business owners looking to grow their international presence.  All attendees will be able to meet with Pennsylvania trade representatives from Arab Gulf, Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada,…

Exploring Ways to Engage Young Entrepreneurs

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Last Friday, Acting U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Administrator Bridget Bean visited the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for a facilitated discussion with young entrepreneurs and the leaders of organizations serving young entrepreneurs.

The discussion -- part of the Young Entrepreneur Series (YES) -- was organized by the Wharton SBDC and provided Ms. Bean an opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing young Pennsylvania entrepreneurs as they learn to start and grow their business.

YES is an initiative by the White House and the SBA to connect young and aspiring entrepreneurs with SBA officials, local business advisors and resources.

"In Philadelphia we are fortunate to have many successful young entrepreneurs and a vibrant community that supports and encourages young entrepreneurs," said Therese Flaherty, director of the Wharton SBDC at the University of Pennsylvania.

Since all of the Pennsylvania SBDCs are located at institutions of higher learning, many students actively participate in SBDC programs.

Each year, hundreds of these students engage in client and research-related projects for the SBDC -- learning first-hand about the challenges and opportunities that  exist for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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SBA Region 3 Acting Regional Administrator Bridget Bean lead a discussion with a panel of local young entrepreneurs, SBA officials, and members from the Pennsylvania SBDC -- including State Director, Christian Conroy and Wharton SBDC Director, Therese Flaherty.