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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…

Pennsylvania SBDC Recognizes Congressman Dwight Evans Small Business Champion for Introduction of H.R. 1702

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Today, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) named U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) Small Business Champion during a business program held at the University of Pennsylvania. “We are thrilled to have such an ardent supporter of small business and the SBDC program here in Pennsylvania,” said Christian Conroy, State Director…

More than 20 Statewide Events Planned for Pennsylvania Small Business Week, April 30 – May 6

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Small business owners are encouraged to join the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in celebrating Pennsylvania Small Business Week April 30 - May 6, 2017, which is part of a nationwide event designed to recognize the significant contributions of our small businesses and the resources available to support their…

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.