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Maureen Hauck of the Bucknell University SBDC Awarded 2015 Pennsylvania State Star

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are pleased to announce Maureen Hauck, assistant director of business consulting with the Bucknell University SBDC has been awarded the 2015 State Star for Pennsylvania.  Hauck was honored during the America’s SBDC Annual Conference in San Francisco this September. “During her more than fifteen…

Pennsylvania SBDC Joins with Pennsylvania Credit Union Association for Financial Success Seminars for Boomer Business Owners

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have joined with the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) to offer two seminars in October for aspiring and established Boomer business owners in the Pittsburgh and Bethlehem regions.  A growing number of people age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills…

Companies Assisted by the Pennsylvania SBDC Among Inc. 500|5000 Winners

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Every year, Inc. Magazine publishes a list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The list has expanded to include the top 5000 fastest-growing businesses, and achieving any spot on the list has become a significant benchmark of entrepreneurial success. Two Pennsylvania SBDC clients, Swain Techs and Fun and…

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.