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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 Encourages Businesses to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! for Spring Weather-Related Preparedness and Resilience

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) encourages small businesses to partake in America’s PrepareAthon! occurring Thursday, April 30 to increase individual and community preparedness in the event of weather-related disasters to build resiliency.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a community-based campaign for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions and exercises.

Businesses across Pennsylvania should be aware of the spring weather-related disasters including wildfire, hurricanes, tornados and floods that could strike their business.  Business owners should consider the following when designing their business continuity plan:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community
  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
  • Take action to increase their preparedness
  • Participate in community resilience planning

The better prepared communities are as a whole, the quicker they can recover and get back to business as usual.  Advising businesses on issues associated with weather-related disasters is part of the SBDC’s Business Continuity and Survival Services funded with a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. 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.  To learn more about these confidential, no-fee business consulting services, contact your local SBDC

America’s PrepareAthon! will hold events and activities across the country twice a year to organize community days of action and encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  The national days of action will be held in the spring and fall; this year, the national days of action will be April 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015.

To follow the campaign online, follow @PrepareAthon on Twitter and use #PrepareAthon.