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Six Pennsylvania SBDC Clients Honored During National Small Business Week

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have announced that six small businesses have been honored with awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) during National Small Business Week. “We salute these companies for their resiliency, dedication, and for their commitment to their local, regional, and state economies,” said Christian…

Gannon University SBDC Hosts Grand Opening for New Location in Center for Business Ingenuity

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The Gannon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced its new location as part of Gannon University’s Center for Business Ingenuity which also hosts the Dahlkemper School of Business and the Erie Technology Incubator.  The new facility will allow the facilitation of a robust exchange of ideas between business…

Small Businesses Invited to Half-Day Exporting Program that Highlights Importance of Exploring New Markets in Erie

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), along with the U.S. Commercial Service, Manufacturer and Business Association, and Northwest Commission are hosting a half-day program to discuss exporting for small businesses on May 27, 2015 in Erie. More than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside 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.