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Sauereisen: Selling into Latin American Mining Countries

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Luis Granes is currently the Latin American Manager for Sauereisen, a third generation manufacturer of corrosion-resistant materials located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He developed an expertise in technical sales and is the President of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Pittsburgh Chapter. He is also a founding member of the…

In the Zone: Spa & Salon Blossoms into Second Location

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Tanya Chaney’s newest entrepreneurial venture, In The Zone, is now open in Upper St. Clair. As a successful entrepreneur, operating Chaney’s Natural Health and Wellness for over 10 years, Chaney’s Natural fulfills a vital community need in historic Monongahela.  It began as a home-based salon service which expanded services and…

Sustaining Family Farms: Crop & Orchard Insurance for Sale

The Salem Company LLC was founded by Dwayne Salem in 2015 to sell crop and orchard insurance to farmers. Wayne has previously worked for agricultural insurers and had the requisite experience, professional contacts and business relationships with a number of producers to help assure a successful launch of his business. Wayne…

James Fischer Named Director of Lehigh University SBDC

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James Fischer has been named director of the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With over 35 years of experience in real estate and general business law, he brings diverse global experience in assets, leasing and transaction management to his new position.  

“We welcome Mr. Fischer to the statewide network of Pennsylvania SBDCs, and we look forward to having him as part of our leadership team,” said Pennsylvania SBDC State Director Christian Conroy.  “SBDCs are strong supporters of business growth and development and we are proud to have an experienced professional such as Mr. Fischer join our program,” he added.

Echoing his sentiments, Dean Georgette Phillips of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University, where the SBDC resides, stated “I am thrilled to have Jim Fischer at the SBDC.”

In his new role, Fischer will be responsible for delivering SBDC programs and services to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Center’s service area of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. In addition to providing direct business development support and managing a staff of six development professionals, he will also serve as an advocate for business development, expansion and retention in the region.

Before joining Lehigh University SBDC, Fischer was a senior fellow and general counsel for the Social Enterprise Institute at Elizabethtown College. As a research and development technical advisor at Elizabethtown, Fischer’s background in social impact investments and business advisory services helped develop and foster the growth of community projects and social enterprises.  

Prior to Fischer becoming a Juris Doctor from New York University, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from State University of New York at Buffalo followed by a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Cornell University.