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Pennsylvania SBDC to Survey Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Assisted by SBDC in 2013 & 2014

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The Pennsylvania SBDC has announced it will be conducting its Annual Client Questionnaire during the first quarter of 2015 in the form of a survey to entrepreneurs and businesses who received two or more hours of SBDC services during 2013 or 2014.  In addition to providing data on SBDC program outcomes,…

Pennsylvania SBDC Offers Advice to Prepare Businesses for Winter Storms

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Snow has started to blanket much of the east coast, including many areas of Pennsylvania.  Business owners are reminded to take precautions to insure their employees and business will be able to weather harsh winter storms as they develop across the Commonwealth.  The following winter storm safety and preparedness tips from…

Commercialize New Technology in the New Year with the Help of the Pennsylvania SBDC and IPart

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Businesses looking to bring a new product to market or explore research and development opportunities in 2015 are invited to participate in a new online webinar series launching in January.  The monthly webinar series will explore topics relevant to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR)…

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.