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Lock Haven University SBDC Joins Forces with LivePlan for Student Business Pitch Competition

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The Lock Haven University SBDC and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have teamed up with LivePlan, a leading business pitching and planning software, for a student “Pitch Page” competition this fall. Although participants need to be current students at Lock Haven University or Pennsylvania College of Technology, the competition is…

Duquesne University SBDC Seeks Businesses to Attend Chile’s CONEXPO Show in October

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As part of its IMPACT project focusing on growing exports to the Pacific Alliance countries, the Duquesne University SBDC invites all Pennsylvania small businesses to attend CONEXPO, an international trade show for the construction industries, being held in Chile over the dates of October 20-24, 2015.  Companies interested in the…

Pennsylvania SBDC Releases 2014 Results

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have released the results of their services in 2014.   The number of aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners who received no-fee, expert, confidential business management advice totaled 8,640 individuals, resulting in 100,573 hours of business consulting delivered by 18 SBDCs statewide.  The number…

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.