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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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Nancy Crickman Reappointed to DEP’s Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee

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Nancy Crickman, director of Environmental, Energy & Technology Services at the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at the University of Pennsylvania has been reappointed by Governor Corbett to serve on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee through 2016.  In addition, Nancy was recently elected vice-chair of the committee.

The purpose of the Committee is to review proposed and existing regulations and programs as they affect small businesses, to assure regulations are written in understandable, clear laymen's terms, and to advise DEP of the small business perspective on air quality issues.

“Nancy’s reappointment to the DEP Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee affirms her commitment to Pennsylvania small businesses when it comes to environmental regulatory compliance,” said Pennsylvania SBDC state director Christian Conroy.  “Small business owners should be proud to have advocates who work on their behalf during the environmental policy-making process,” he added.

Crickman oversees the Pennsylvania SBDC's Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP), which provides no-fee and confidential environmental compliance assistance to small businesses in Pennsylvania.  She joined the Pennsylvania SBDC in 2001 as the associate director of EMAP.  Before joining EMAP, Crickman worked ten years for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, specializing in wastewater treatment and watershed management.

Crickman holds a bachelor of science in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a master of Engineering in Environmental Pollution Control from the Pennsylvania State University.  She has also completed the Wharton Management Program and received the Certified Energy Auditor and Renewable Energy Professional designations through the Association of Energy Engineers.