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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…

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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 SBDC to Participate in Public Hearing on Global Opportunities and Economic Development in Philadelphia

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On Tuesday, October 9, Therese Flaherty, PhD, Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will participate in a public hearing on how to take advantage of global opportunities to spur economic development in Philadelphia.  The hearings will be held over two days: Tuesday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers Room 400 of Philadelphia City Hall.

Flaherty will discuss entrepreneurship and development of second-stage growth businesses that are able to generate exports and international interest.  She will represent non-government economic development entities invited to participate in the hearing.  Besides the Wharton SBDC, based at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, other organizations participating during this section include the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia, Select Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Visitors and Convention Bureau.

The Committee on Global Opportunities & Creative/Innovative Economy of the Council of the City of Philadelphia is jointly holding the hearings with Senator Mike Brubaker, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate International Commerce Caucus.

The purpose of the hearings is to investigate Philadelphia’s business climate for expanding international trade and investment, supporting innovation, and promoting global partnerships.  The committee plans to identify innovative strategies, including a legislative platform, for increasing Philadelphia’s global competitiveness in the global economy.