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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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Scranton and Lock Haven SBDCs to Host Live Broadcasts during Google's Get Your Business Online Week

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Both The University of Scranton and Lock Haven University Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are participating in Google’s Get Your Business Online Week happening March 24-28.  The centers will be live-streaming workshops presented by Google on the topics of building a free website, using Google maps to attract new customers, expanding online presence of a business, and website analytics.

Lock Haven University SBDC
301 W. Church Street, Lock Haven, PA
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day, click here to register

  • Tuesday, March 25th - Build a Free Website and Website Best Practices
  • Wednesday, March 26th - Get Online, On the Map & Help for Your Business
  • Thursday, March 27th - Expand Your Online Presence
  • Friday, March 28th - Measuring Success with Website Analytics

Scranton University SBDC
Comfort Inn & Suites, 5 N Eaton Rd, Tunkhannock, PA
1:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., click here to register

  • Wednesday, March 26th - Get Online, On the Map & Help for Your Business

In addition to hosting the screening, each center will be available for “office hours” after the event to offer consulting to businesses for more personalized advice on building or expanding their website.

This event is part of the SBDC’s ongoing Business Continuity and Survival Services funded with a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). This project provides the resources for SBDC consultants to advise small firms on business disruption and continuity planning to help them prepare for future business interruptions.

Because of the unpredictability of the weather and natural disasters, having an efficient online presence is vital to business owners so that their business can still generate sales and provide services. Regardless of storms, an online presence is becoming almost necessary to stay relevant and successful in today’s marketplace, due to the increased number of online users and shoppers.

Creating and maintaining a website takes work, which is why the Pennsylvania SBDC has partnered with Google and their ‘Get Your Business Online’ programs. This event will mark the fourth event where the SBDC and Google have collaborated in Pennsylvania to help get small businesses online.

Small business owners can visit Google’s Get Your Business Online Week website to register and learn more about upcoming events and information on creating a free website.