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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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Penn State SBDC to close Philipsburg office Sept. 30

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Penn State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will close the Philipsburg Outreach Office on Sept. 30, 2014. Demand for services in the Centre Region has made SBDC reevaluate the allocation of resources and staffing, as consultants there look for more efficient ways to deliver services to small businesses.

The Penn State SBDC remains committed to the Philipsburg community and entrepreneurs in and around the Centre County portion of Philipsburg will still be able to access the expertise and assistance of SBDC staff in University Park, located in the main office at 200 Innovation Blvd.

Since opening in March of 2012, the Philipsburg Outreach Office has helped numerous Philipsburg entrepreneurs with the resources to start or expand their own small business. SBDC experts have consulted with 64 individuals, leading to the opening of five new businesses.

Brian Hoopsick, president and CEO of PSR, Inc., said he utilized the SBDC’s Philipsburg Outreach Office and plans to continue working with SBDC consultants in Innovation Park.

“The SBDC helped me prepare for a rapid growth in our small business. I have personally worked with many members of the staff with incredible results,” Hoopsick said. “I am very fortunate and appreciative for all they have done thus far and plan to request their assistance in the near future.”

The Penn State SBDC serves businesses in Centre and Mifflin Counties and consultants at the main office in the Technology Center at Innovation Park are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.