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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 University SBDC Receives 2011 SBA Impact Award for Western Pennsylvania

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    • Clarion University SBDC Wins 2011 SBA Impact Award

The Clarion University SBDC is the recipient of the 2011 Small Business Development Center Impact Award given by the U.S. Small Business Administration Western Pennsylvania District Office.  The award recognizes the center's outstanding service to small business owners and entrepreneurs and is selected by a committee of lenders from western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Awarded annually, the honor is given to economic development partners that provide excellence in service to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region.

Carl Knoblock, district director for the Small Business Administration's Pittsburgh office, presented the awards to the Clarion University SBDC at the 2012 Quality Circle Conference in Seven Springs.  Accepting the award on behalf of the Clarion University SBDC was director Dr. Kevin J. Roth (center) with Knoblock (left) and Christian Conroy, state director for the Pennsylvania SBDC (right).

“Clarion University SBDC once again shows the positive impact it has on the economic development community by its passion to help small businesses and surrounding community,” Knoblock said.  In 2011, the Clarion SBDC provided more than 8,800 hours of one-on-one consulting to 233 clients.  The SBDC assisted 78 clients with securing financing for projects totaling almost $13,000,000, and a total of 78 clients started businesses.  In addition, the SBDC provided more than 5,500 hours of training to 1,235 individuals at 86 events.

“This Impact Award recognizes the dedication and hard work of our Clarion University SBDC staff and students,” Roth said.  “They have consistently shown a commitment to facilitating the growth and development of both new and existing companies in our region."