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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,…

Kutztown SBDC Wins National SBA Accelerator Fund Competition

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The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been selected as one of 80 nationwide winners to receive a monetary award as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Growth Accelerator Fund competition. SBA announced the 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition during the…

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.