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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…

Pennsylvania SBDCs and U.S. Commercial Service Sign Strategic Partnership

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently to increase awareness in the Pennsylvania business community, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses, about exporting and the tools and resources the organizations provide to help them succeed.

“We’re pleased to welcome Pennsylvania SBDCs as a partner in our efforts to strengthen the Pennsylvania economy and support local jobs through expanding U.S. exports,” said under secretary of commerce for international trade Francisco Sánchez. “With more than 95 percent of potential customers living outside U.S. borders, it’s imperative that American companies of all sizes consider the benefits of selling their products abroad.”

“Small businesses across Pennsylvania will be able to benefit from the international business expertise afforded by this new partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service,” said Pennsylvania SBDC state director Christian Conroy.  “The 18 SBDCs in Pennsylvania are available to assist business owners and entrepreneurs take advantage of exporting opportunities available to grow or sustain their business.”

Under the MOU, the Pennsylvania SBDCs and U.S. Commercial Service’s network of worldwide offices will work together on marketing, educational programs and events leveraging both entities’ expertise to help make U.S. businesses—and particularly small and medium-sized, Pennsylvania based firms—more export savvy.  Joint activities may include building awareness through outreach at trade shows, export seminars, trade education events, direct mail campaigns and online registration for resource support.

In 2010, President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) with the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. The partnership supports this goal by educating small- and medium-sized companies about the benefits of exporting and expanding their exports to additional markets, and the public and private sector resources available to assist them. The Pennsylvania SBDC joins several of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Strategic Partners who have connected more than 1,500 companies to federal export assistance.