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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…

Pennsylvania SBDC Joins USTDA Making Global Local Initiative

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have joined with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to become a partner in their Making Global Local initiative.  The aim of this program is to increase the number of U.S. businesses that are benefitting from the Agency's programs in order to expand their exports to emerging markets and create high-paying jobs in their communities.  To accomplish this goal, USTDA is forging new and innovative partnerships with business development and trade promotion organizations across the country.

The hallmark of USTDA assistance is establishing links between U.S. companies and foreign project sponsors, bringing proven private sector solutions to development challenges abroad.  Last year alone, USTDA supported 50 reverse trade missions to the United States that connected more than 600 foreign delegates with over 1,000 U.S. company representatives across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with the USTDA to promote their exporting programs for small businesses,” said Pennsylvania SBDC state director Christian Conroy “SBDCs across Pennsylvania are already working with entrepreneurs to grow their international business, but they will now thrive from additional opportunities afforded with this partnership.”

In 2011, The Pennsylvania SBDC network grew its clients’ international trade sales by $23.8 million reporting a total of $142.5 million in export sales.  The network also logged 5,392 hours of consulting time on international trade issues in 2011.  In addition, a total of 24 export-based educational events were attended by 352 individuals.

Through 18 SBDC locations across Pennsylvania, small businesses and entrepreneurs are able to work with an international trade consultant to help them identify the best foreign markets for their company's products or services in addition to specific trade leads.  Companies may also receive assistance with importing products to the U.S.