Growing Solutions with Phospholutions

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Hunter Swisher founded Phospholutions in the spring of 2016 while still a student majoring in plant science at Penn State. In the fall of 2015 while taking a class, he learned about a soil additive that would help plants soak up nutrients more efficiently. This technology, developed by his professor, was…

Evolve Build: Wharton SBDC Programs Help Serial Entrepreneur Redefine Renewable Energy

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Michael Sebright loves to start and build businesses, literally. Through his company Energy Reconsidered and his partnership with Evolve Build, he continues to find new ways to conserve and renew energy in Greater Philadelphia.     Ironically, one of Mr. Sebright’s strengths that contribute to his success is his tolerance…

The Secret Tradition Continues: Santinoceto's Market

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Santinoceto’s Italian Market celebrated its grand opening on March 4, 2016. However, the Santinoceto family name is far from new to the Clearfield area. Nick Santinoceto’s grandparents, Joseph and Mary, opened an Italian market in 1931. Joseph passed away in 1959, but his wife kept the market open until 1984. Nick…

Pennsylvania SBDC Releases On-Demand Webinar Series for Entrepreneurs

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), through grant funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), has released a series of four on-demand webinars for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Webinar topics include cloud computing, marketing your business online, exploring new markets, and business continuity planning.  Each webinar is designed to take business owners step-by-step through the process of growing and protecting their business.  
“These short, targeted webinars provide business owners with topical information that will help them build successful businesses in today’s competitive landscape,” said Pennsylvania SBDC State Director Christian Conroy.  “The support from EDA to complete this project has been instrumental in us being able to develop this series,” he concluded.  

The webinars can be watched online by visiting, each webinar runs between 16 to 26 minutes in length.  The series is available for on-demand viewing 24/7, and viewers must register in order to watch the series.  A description of the four webinars available is included below:

  1. The Cloud – Embracing the Future of Business (16 minutes) – Hear about the benefits and complexities of backing your data on the cloud, selecting the cloud service most pertinent for your business’ operations, and considerations when shopping for a cloud provider.
  2. New Markets – New Opportunities (19 minutes) – Get the specifics of entering international, government, and online markets.
  3. Business Continuity Planning (19 minutes) – Learn the process of identifying potential business interruptions and ways of mitigating them in order for your business to remain productive at all times.
  4. Marketing Your Business Online (26 minutes) – Watch a detailed overview of establishing your business’ online presence, including the concepts of building your website, search engine optimization, and social media marketing and its platforms.

The Pennsylvania SBDC provides ongoing Business Continuity and Survival Services to small businesses who want to improve their resiliency and risk management procedures.  Companies interested in talking about ways their business can prepare for future disasters or business interruptions should contact their local SBDC for no-fee, confidential, one-on-one consulting.