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Rob Daley and Bill Sarris to Keynote 17th Annual Duquesne University SBDC Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference

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Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting the 17th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference (EGC) this year on Friday, May 15 in Pittsburgh. The conference is excited to announce the keynote speakers, Rob Daley, current CEO of 4Moms, and Bill Sarris, president of Sarris Candies, Inc.…

Pennsylvania SBDC Encourages Businesses to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! for Spring Weather-Related Preparedness and Resilience

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) encourages small businesses to partake in America’s PrepareAthon! occurring Thursday, April 30 to increase individual and community preparedness in the event of weather-related disasters to build resiliency.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a community-based campaign for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through…

Small Businesses Invited to Learn More about Government Contracts at Bucks County Event

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are inviting small business owners that wish to obtain contract opportunities with the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the Federal Government, and the County of Bucks to a regional contracting seminar. The event will be held on Thursday, April 23, 8:30 a.m.…

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.