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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Learn How to Commercialize New Technologies at TCOMM Event on September 27

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The Duquesne University SBDC and the Pennsylvania SBDC Clean Tech Resource Center will host the Second Annual TCOMM (Technology Commercialization) Conference on Thursday, September 27, at the Holiday Inn in Oakland, PA.

This conference is designed for small businesses and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about creating and commercializing new technologies.  The event begins with a breakfast panel, featuring proven entrepreneurs, who will share the secrets of their success.  Throughout the day, break out sessions will discuss current patent law, lessons learned, sources of capital, selling your idea, today’s challenges, risks and rewards, and going global.  A special track for Clean Technology and Shale Gas Opportunities will discuss supply chain opportunities, the challenges of commercializing, and trends in Pennsylvania and the U.S.

The luncheon keynote address, “How to Tap Opportunities and resources through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” by be presented by Carolyn Boser Newhouse, Deputy Secretary of Innovation and Investment, of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  Following, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of your table host, a successful technology expert, an attorney, a SBIR expert, or an investor.

This event is being held in cooperation with the Innovation Partnership, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.  The cost of the conference, including breakfast and lunch, is $25. To register, go to www.duq.edu/sbdc or call (412) 396-1633.