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…

Wharton School SBDC Hosts International Trade Events for Brazil and Nigeria

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The Wharton School Small Business Development Center (SBDC) co-hosted “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: Opportunities for Trade, Investment and Tourism in Brazil” on June 5 at its University of Pennsylvania location.  Guest speakers included Mauro Viera, ambassador of Brazil to the United States and Ney Campello, secretary of state of Bahia. 

During their remarks, Ambassador Viera discussed opportunities for trade, investment and tourism in Brazil with a focus on small to medium sized businesses.  Secretary Campello reviewed opportunities relating to the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will be hosted in Brazil. 

Philadelphia Councilwoman Jeannie Blackwell and Councilman David Oh were among the City of Philadelphia representatives in attendance.  To view photos of the event, visit the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia’s Flickr album.

In addition, on June 24, Wharton School SBDC also welcomed Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.  Dr. Moghalu discussed small business development and growth within the Nigerian economy.

According to Wharton Magazine, Dr. Moghalu noted that almost 90% of the Nigerian economy is composed of small and medium sized businesses.  He added that SME’s only account for 10% of the Nigerian economy, citing that issues in funding and adequate credit add to this alarming statistic.  He discussed the importance of government funding and venture capital as a way to create and sustain small business within Nigeria and across the world.  Moghalu hopes to adapt small business models from the United States to help grow the Nigerian economy.

The Pennsylvania SBDC has recently signed a strategic partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service to work together on marketing, educational programs and events leveraging both entities’ expertise to help make U.S. businesses—and particularly small and medium-sized, Pennsylvania based firms—more export savvy.  To learn more about this initiative, read the partnership announcement.