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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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Gannon University SBDC Hosts Grand Opening for New Location in Center for Business Ingenuity

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The Gannon University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced its new location as part of Gannon University’s Center for Business Ingenuity which also hosts the Dahlkemper School of Business and the Erie Technology Incubator.  The new facility will allow the facilitation of a robust exchange of ideas between business students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and young and expanding businesses.  

The Center for Business Ingenuity was designed to inspire innovation and collaboration among entrepreneurs and future business leaders. The facility is intended to pique a variety of interests which include engineering and business courses for students, consulting services for entrepreneurs, and mentoring and work space for technology companies. 

The new center also hosts the Integrated Business Transformation Project. The project, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, includes a microloan program and an eight week Technology Business Accelerator. The accelerator is a joint effort of the Gannon University SBDC, Dahlkemper School of Business, and the Erie Technology Incubator to connect entrepreneurs with supportive faculty members. Forty companies have already participated in the program.

Technology included in the center includes a Business Information System Laboratory with video conferencing capability and interactive monitors. The laboratory is intended to promote collaboration and can be used for data analysis as well as business simulations.

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