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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…

SBA and AARP Announce “Summer of Encore Mentoring” Events for Entrepreneurs Age 50 and Older

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The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are partnering to host “Summer of Encore Mentoring” educational events for older Americans who want to start or expand small businesses. These local event will take place during the months of June, July, and August. As part of this initiative, SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania District will have experts team up with Bucks County CareerLink to give Encore Entrepreneur Training twice a month as part of the “Finding a Job After 50” program for dislocated workers to help them explore entrepreneurship options. 

The “Summer of Encore Mentoring” is part of a joint initiative by the SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. Building on the success of “Mentor Months” in April 2013 and April 2014, the SBA and AARP are hosting a series of events across the country to match encore entrepreneurs with mentors, business owners and community leaders who have small business experience and can provide advice, expertise, and technical assistance. 

The “Summer of Encore Mentoring” events will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from the SBA’s resource partner network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and SCORE chapters who can help with every stage of a business’ life cycle.

In addition to the in-person events, AARP and SBA will host an Encore Entrepreneur Webinar Series on the topics of writing a business plan, financing and marketing a small business, as well as a Q&A with small business owners and mentors. For more information about the webinars, visit

Avoiding Frauds and Scams — A Primer for Older Americans
Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. ET

Do you want guidance on how you can detect, prevent, and report fraud? Join AARP and the National Credit Union Administration during a free hour-long webinar on June 24 to learn about:

  • Examples of frauds and scams to look out for

  • Helpful fraud prevention tips

  • Guidance about safely conducting online financial transactions

  • AARP’s Fraud Watch Network initiative

Financing Your Business: How to Get Funding
Tuesday, July 14, at 2 p.m. ET

Do you know what options are available to finance your small business? Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP during a free hour-long webinar on July 14 to learn about:

  • Writing a financial plan

  • Estimating start-up costs

  • Types of funding sources, including from SBA

  • Financially sustaining your small business

  • Other topics

Social Media 101: A Road Map to Winning Customers
Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m. ET

Do you have questions about the best way to market your new or existing small business? Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP during a free hour-long webinar on August 13 to learn about:

  • Developing a marketing plan

  • Using social media

  • Building a website

  • Sizing up the competition

Q&A Session With Small-Business Mentors: Get Your Questions Answered
Tuesday, September 15, at 2 p.m. ET

Do you have questions about the best way to market your new or existing small business? Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP during a free hour-long webinar on September 15 to learn about:

  • Developing your business idea and plan

  • Securing financing

  • Marketing

  • Getting a mentor

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