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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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Statewide Webinars and Business Education Events Set for Pennsylvania Small Business Week 2016

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Small business owners are encouraged to join the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in celebrating the first-ever Pennsylvania Small Business Week May 1–7, 2016, which is part of a nationwide event designed to recognize the significant contributions of our small businesses and the resources available to support their growth here in the Keystone State.

The Pennsylvania SBDC is proud to join forces with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and its PREP partners to hold a series of online and in-person events for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week.

Free Lunch & Learn Webinars

Starting a Small Business
Monday, May 2 (12:00-1:00 PM)
Presenter: Keith D. Yurgosky, MBA, Business Consultant, The University of Scranton SBDC

Financing a Small Business
Tuesday, May 3 (12:00-1:00 PM)
Presenter: John Reichard, Finance Program Director, SEDA-COG

Leveraging LinkedIn to Supercharge Prospecting, Referrals and Sales
Wednesday, May 4 (12:00-1:00 PM)
Presenter: Jeff Teschke, founder and CEO, Forge3.com

Exploring New Market Opportunities
Thursday, May 5 (12:00-1:00 PM)
Presenters: Cris Pierce, Government Contracting Manager, Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Dorte Heffernan, Manager, International Trade Program, Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission

Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Friday, May 6 (12:00- 1:00 PM)
Presenters: Leo Gilroy, Director of Innovation and Strategy, NEPIRC and Kenneth Okrepkie, Regional Manager, Pocono Northeast Region BFTP of Northeastern PA

PA Small Business Week In-Person Events & Workshops Statewide

Pennsylvania SBDCs are holding multiple events throughout the Commonwealth to help small businesses thrive.  Register today for these upcoming events!

Lean for Small Business Breakfast Seminar
May 3, 2016 (8:00 a.m.) - Shippensburg, PA

First Step: Starting A Small Business
May 3, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - State College, PA

The First Step Pre-Business Workshop
May 3, 2016 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials
May 3, 2016 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Butler, PA

Can Your Hobbies and Skills Pay the Bills? For Displaced Workers
May 3, 2016 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Pottsville, PA

Marketing Strategies for a New Age: It’s All About Relationships
May 3, 2016 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

Congressman Charlie Dent Hosts Small Business Day with the Lehigh University SBDC
May 4, 2016 (9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.) - Bethlehem, PA

Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media
May 4, 2016 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

First Step: Starting A Small Business
May 4, 2016 (12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) - Ridgway, PA

Harnessing the Power of Mobile
May 4, 2016 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

First Step to Starting Your Business
May 4, 2016 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) - Reading, PA

Introduction to QuickBooks
May 5, 2016 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - University Park, PA

24/7 Marketing: Increasing Sales through Marketing Automation
May 5, 2016 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

Making Your Brand Standout Online Using Advanced Pay-Per-Click Advertising
May 5, 2016 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

First Step: Starting A Small Business
May 5, 2016 (5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) - Meadville, PA

QuickBooks Advanced
May 6, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) - Lemont Furnace, PA

Try a day of Coworking at Startup Lewisburg
May 6, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) - Lewisburg, PA

Exit Planning for your Business
May 6, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Pittsburgh, PA

First Step: Starting A Small Business
May 7, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Clarion, PA

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Showcase your small business by using hashtag #PASmallBiz16 on social media during Pennsylvania's Small Business Week.