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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…

"Meet the Lenders" Event For Local Entrepreneurs Slated for October 5 in Philadelphia

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On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District will be participating in a lender outreach event hosted by SCORE. Together, they bring “Meet the Lenders” Borrowing Matchmaking, a networking event designed to connect small business owners and entrepreneurs with resource partners and lenders in an engaging…

Lock Haven Outfitters

Brendan Reed and Marc Gates have always loved the outdoors. As avid fishermen and kayakers, they spent their free time on the state’s local waterways. They love sharing their experiences, techniques, and knowledge of fishing at any opportunity. In early 2014, they had the idea to start a company that would provide locals and tourists with the opportunity to experience this healthy and fun pastime. That idea would ultimately materialize into Lock Haven Outfitters.

Brendan and Marc had always had entrepreneurial spirits and had explored a few business ideas in the past. When they decided they wanted to open an outfitter, they came to the Lock Haven University (LHU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for guidance and assistance in the process.

The timing could not have been better. While the two entrepreneurs were planning their business, Lock Haven was in the process of becoming a designated River Town. Part of the initiative was to drive more outdoor recreational businesses into the area by promoting its natural resources. The SBDC informed Brendan and Marc of this and connected them with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP), the group involved in the designation process.

The SBDC was able to work with the pair under the recently awarded Rural Business Enterprise Grant, which specifically targeted tourist-based businesses in Lock Haven and Jersey Shore. The SBDC partnered with the SGP to create a multi-faceted approach to ensure that the communities were “River Town Ready” and housed summer student interns to facilitate this process. Over the course of a year, Brendan and Marc’s business plan went through a number of iterations, finally landing on a lean business model that placed heavy emphasis on mobility and technology to save overhead costs.

In May of 2015, the two officially launched Lock Haven Outfitters and have since been able to hire an LHU intern to help out during the summer. As a direct result of working with the SBDC, they have also been able to finance equipment purchases through Clinton County’s Revolving Loan Fund. Their business launch came at an important time for the community, as LHU had played an integral part in a river mapping project taking place as part of the River Town initiative. Brendan and Marc look forward to a successful season and are excited to bring outdoor adventure to the Clinton County area.