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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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Pennsylvania SBDC Hosts Shale Gas Professional Development

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On November 14 and 15, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) hosted a two-day event to train SBDC staff on the Shale Energy opportunities for small business.  The regional meeting boasted more than 50 attendees comprised of SBDC staff from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Delaware.

Presenters from various industry and trade groups delivered programming specific to the small business consultant audience to educate them on the shale energy supply chain and the direct and indirect opportunities that exist.  The Penn State Center for Marcellus Outreach and Research (MCOR), The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) and Keystone Shale Solutions (KSS), a subsidiary of Keystone Insurers Group (KIG) were all represented at the event.

Attendees learned about the history of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, the current industry activity and the proposed long-term economic impact on the region.  The Pennsylvania SBDC also presented curriculum for “Shale 101 for Small Business,” a program it has piloted at The University of Scranton and Clarion University SBDCs to educate business owners on the shale industry and market opportunities.  The programming is expected to launch state-wide in 2013. 

This event marks the first time that SBDC staff have held a regional training to discuss shale energy impacts on small business, and the group plans to continue to build on this regional partnership.  At the national level, the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) has also established a Shale Energy Interest Group to share expertise throughout the national SBDC network to better assist small businesses and entrepreneurs.