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Pennsylvania SBDC Announces Award Recipients at Annual Small Business Growth Forum

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Today, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) announced awards honoring four staff members and nine Centers for their commitment and contributions to small business during the 2014 Pennsylvania SBDC Small Business Growth Forum held in Scranton.  The awards announced today include: Innovation Award: Penn State SBDC This award recognizes innovation…

Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference Set for November 13 at Duquesne University SBDC

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The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting their 9th Annual Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference on November 13, 2014 at the Student Union at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  This conference will equip companies with the information they need to make smart technology decisions that will enhance their profitability,…

New, Self-Paced Online Courses Available for Small Business Owners through Pennsylvania’s Online Broadband and Technology Training

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are encouraging business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to sign up for Pennsylvania’s Online Broadband & Technology Training (OBTT) Program, a statewide initiative offering a variety of no cost online training courses for individuals interested in sharpening their technical skills. The online library holds…

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.