Duquesne SBDC gets funding via CARES Act

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Here's how the money will be put to work to help small businesses deal with Covid-19 related challenges.

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

  • SBDC: Temple University SBDC
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Buying Local: The Benefits of Keeping Your Money in the Community

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By now we have all heard about the benefits of buying local. When you purchase goods and services from local businesses, you fund their payroll and keep community services -- and jobs --in your community. The sales and property taxes are also used to support community schools, libraries and roads.

Small, local businesses are critical resources for creating community wealth. Independent businesses benefit their communities, tending to pay better wages, provide more jobs per sale and contribute more to the local economy.

Local independent businesses are defined as:

  • Private, Employee, Community or Cooperative ownership;
  • At least 50% owned by area resident(s);
  • Full decision-making function for the business lies with its owner(s); and
  • Limited number of locations, all within a within a single state or region.

This is also true of local fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy.

Among the many benefits of a sustainable and local food system, is the reduction of the carbon footprint since the food doesn’t have to be shipped from a distance. You are also supporting the economic viability of local farmers and agribusinesses.

The Pennsylvania SBDC plays a key role in supporting local, community-based agribusinesses.  The University of Scranton SBDC  is actively involved in The Buy Fresh Buy Local Northeast Region Chapter, a consumer education program that works to strengthen regional markets for locally grown foods. The Chapter has hosted local harvest dinners, organized farm tours, coordinated film screenings, held farming education workshops, and participated in Earth Day fairs and trade shows.

Additionally the Agribusiness and Food Specialty Centers offer a range of services including one-on-one consulting specific to farm-based businesses, and those interested in organic, natural and/or specialty food issues and product.

  • To read the Agribusiness success stories, click here.
  • To learn more about Agribusiness services, click here.