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Duquesne University SBDC Secures U.S. Commerce Department Funds to Help Increase Small Business Exports, Create Jobs

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have announced that the Network’s center at Duquesne University has been selected as one of eight recipients of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP).  Funds awarded through this program support projects aimed at increasing U.S. exports, creating…

Pennsylvania DEP Now Accepting Applications for Small Business Advantage Grants

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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun accepting applications for Small Business Advantage Grants that will fund pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects. Manufacturers, retailers, service providers, agricultural businesses and other small businesses are encouraged to apply. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to…

SBDCs Available to Help Small Businesses Prepare for SBA Lender Match Events

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The SBDCs are teaming up to offer no-cost seminars in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania to help local entrepreneurs learn how to obtain financing in preparation for the upcoming Lehigh Valley Lender Match on October 29 and the Central Pennsylvania Lender Match November 12. The Lender Matches assist small businesses in identify…

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.