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Pik Rite Receives 2017 SBEAP National Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award

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The National Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAP) have recognized Pik Rite, Inc. as the 2017 winner of its Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award. The company, based in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania was chosen by the SBEAP’s National Steering Committee.  The award was presented on May 17 at the SBEAP/Small Business Ombudsman Annual…

Four Pennsylvania SBDC Clients and Shippensburg University SBDC Earn SBA Awards during National Small Business Week 2017

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are proud to announce that four small businesses and the Shippensburg University SBDC have been honored with awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) during National Small Business Week, April 28 - May 6, 2017. Each of the four Pennsylvania companies worked with…

Cindy Nellis Named Director of Clarion University SBDC

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Cindy Nellis has been named Director of the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Employed with the program for more than twenty years, she brings significant experience in program management, business and economic development. “We are proud to have Cindy take on this role, as she has been a leader…

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.