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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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Clarion SBDC Assistant Director Honored with State Star Award

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) announced that Cindy Nellis has been selected as the 2011 State Star for Pennsylvania. Cindy Nellis is the Assistant Director at the Clarion University Small Business Development Center in Clarion, Pennsylvania.

Cindy was chosen for being an outstanding performer, making a major contribution to the Pennsylvania SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small business in the Clarion University SBDC region.

“I am delighted to make this announcement, and to recognize Cindy Nellis for extraordinary contributions to the work of the Pennsylvania SBDC and small business in Pennsylvania,” said Christian Conroy, State Director of the Pennsylvania SBDC.

According to Dr. Kevin Roth, Director of the Clarion University SBDC, Cindy has been a strong contributor to the Clarion University SBDC and the Pennsylvania SBDC for more than fifteen years.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of her efforts and exceptional work with small business and entrepreneurs in our region,” said Dr. Roth

“It is an honor to accept this award and to have the opportunity everyday to assist so many entrepreneurs achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business,” said Cindy Nellis.

Cindy was honored during a special awards reception on Friday, September 6, 2011 in San Diego, California in conjunction with America’s Small Business Development Center's (ASBDC) 31st Annual Conference. The ASBDC is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations.  It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses.  With about 1,000 centers across the nation, America’s SBDC network provided business consulting to approximately 200,000 clients, training for more than 400,000 attendees, and other forms of management and technical assistance to approximately 600,000 small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs last year. Learn more at www.asbdc-us.org.

The Clarion University SBDC, one of 18 SBDCs located throughout Pennsylvania, promotes economic development through its work in the counties of Armstrong, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Venango.

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Cindy Nellis (right), Assistant Director for the Clarion University SBDC, was chosen as the Pennsylvania SBDC State Star for her commitment to helping small businesses.