On Friday, October 11, 2013, Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted their 35th Anniversary Celebration of Small Businesses at the Country Cupboard Restaurant in Lewisburg. Bucknell University SBDC has helped businesses start, grow, and prosper since 1978, serving Union, Northumberland, Juniata, Montour, Perry and Snyder counties. “As it was when Charles Coder first expressed a vision for connecting the University with the region, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving in our communities and at Bucknell, and especially, at the intersections and interactions of the two,” said SBDC Director Steven Stumbris. In the past five years, businesses aided by the Bucknell University SBDC have grown their business sales by almost $40 million and have created over 400 jobs for the communities of central Pennsylvania.
Guest speakers for the event included, C. Alan Walker ’66, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Steven Stumbris, Director of Bucknell University SBDC, and Margaret Miller, daughter of SBDC founding Director, Charles H. Coder. "We are only limited by the limits we put on ourselves and by our own imagination," said Secretary C. Alan Walker. At the end of the short program, the following annual awards were presented along with proclamations from the State Governor’s Office to the Bucknell SBDC and the individual award winners:
Small Business Person of the Year Award: Kathryn Grandizio, RPh, Danville Pharmacy
This award recognizes business success and an ongoing commitment to healthy communities and a prosperous economy in central Pennsylvania, and was presented to Kathryn Grandizio.
Danville Pharmacy opened in 2010; Kathryn’s dream was to fill prescriptions with a personal touch behind her own independent pharmacy counter. “I would never be where I am today without the help and guidance of the SBDC. Anyone who is opening a business would be remiss to pass up the opportunity to work with them,” said Kathyrn.
Innovation in New Product Development Award: Jessica Grill, Pompeii Street Soap Company
This award recognizes excellence in new product development and exemplary collaboration with the College of Engineering, and was presented to Jessica Grill.
Jessica Grill re-opened her business, Pompeii Street Soap Company, in 2008 and expanded to a larger store in 2011. Her goal of producing all-natural soaps in an old-fashioned way has become a reality. “The Bucknell SBDC has been there for me in all phases of my business: from planning to startup; and from product development to expansion,” said Jessica.
Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award: Erin Jablonski, Ph.D.
This award recognizes sustained leadership in the ecosystem of entrepreneurship at Bucknell University and central Pennsylvania, and was presented to Erin Jablonski, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University.