College Prep Lady Prepares High School Students for Post- Secondary Education in Central, PA

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Like all local heroes, and nascent entrepreneurs, Myra Blackwell successfully identified a business opportunity after listening to the needs and challenges in her community.  As a result, Myra Blackwell, also known as the “College Prep Lady”, began the courageous journey to create a new venture that aims to simplify the process…

Bucknell University SBDC Holds 2017 Celebration of Small Business

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On Friday, July 21, 2017 the Bucknell University SBDC held is annual Celebration of Small Business on Bucknell's campus in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. During the breakfast, four awards were given to the following exemplary small business owners: InnovateHER Business Challenge Bucknell SBDC Regional Winner: Kaitlin Schuck, Threading Love, Recognizing her efforts and…

Want to Commercialize your Technology? Learn How at the 2017 SBIR Workshop in Villanova

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Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur in the technology sector looking for opportunities to fund development of an innovative technology? If you want to commercialize your technology, The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program can help.   As a highly competitive awards-based program, SBIR provides funding for innovators…

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.