College Prep Lady Prepares High School Students for Post- Secondary Education in Central, PA

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Like all local heroes, and nascent entrepreneurs, Myra Blackwell successfully identified a business opportunity after listening to the needs and challenges in her community.  As a result, Myra Blackwell, also known as the “College Prep Lady”, began the courageous journey to create a new venture that aims to simplify the process…

Bucknell University SBDC Holds 2017 Celebration of Small Business

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On Friday, July 21, 2017 the Bucknell University SBDC held is annual Celebration of Small Business on Bucknell's campus in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. During the breakfast, four awards were given to the following exemplary small business owners: InnovateHER Business Challenge Bucknell SBDC Regional Winner: Kaitlin Schuck, Threading Love, Recognizing her efforts and…

Want to Commercialize your Technology? Learn How at the 2017 SBIR Workshop in Villanova

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Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur in the technology sector looking for opportunities to fund development of an innovative technology? If you want to commercialize your technology, The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program can help.   As a highly competitive awards-based program, SBIR provides funding for innovators…

18 for October: Giá Pronto Restaurant

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Up next in our 18 for October success stories is Giá Pronto Restaurant.

Giá Pronto was established by Marco Lentini. Marco is a native of Philadelphia, and was raised by immigrant parents. In 2003, Marco was inspired to create an organic food company in his hometown.

To help propel his idea into a business, he enlisted the support of the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With the help of his consultant, Marco was able to secure a loan from the SBA.

"The SBA waived certain loan fees and it saved me $26, 000," Lentini said.

Lentini’s first restaurant opened on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 2004. With the help of the SBDC, Marco was able to receive another loan to open a second restaurant location in Center City.

Currently, Marco has five restaurant locations and employs 70 workers. He has appeared on Fox 29 News and Fox Business Channel, promoting the benefits of the economic stimulus plan created last year for small businesses.

Learn more about Giá Pronto Restaurant