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No-Fee Webinar Series Available to Business Owners During National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are reminding all small business owners about the importance of business continuity.  As part of National Preparedness Month, company management are encouraged to tune into webinars available throughout the month of September to educate themselves on current…

Pennsylvania SBDC Consultants to Present During America’s SBDC National Conference in San Francisco

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Business consultants from across the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network have been selected to present during the 35th Annual America’s SBDC Conference being held September 8-11, 2015 in San Francisco. The Pennsylvania SBDC network will lead six presentations during the conference alongside nationally recognized speakers and colleagues from the…

Mary Ann Dziak Named Director of the Wilkes University SBDC

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Mary Ann Dziak has been named the new director of the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University. Dziak is responsible for overseeing the consulting and education services to small businesses in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Sullivan counties. “We welcome Ms. Dziak to the statewide network of Pennsylvania SBDCs,…

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.