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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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Pennsylvania SBDC Joins with Pennsylvania Credit Union Association for Financial Success Seminars for Boomer Business Owners

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have joined with the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) to offer two seminars in October for aspiring and established Boomer business owners in the Pittsburgh and Bethlehem regions. 

A growing number of people age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business. Whether aspiring business owners are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.

“Boomers represent one of the fastest growing groups of business owners, and the SBDC stands ready to help them realize their entrepreneurial goals,” said Pennsylvania SBDC State Director Christian Conroy.  “We are especially pleased to have the financial expertise of the PCUA as part of these newly launched seminars,” he added.

“Pennsylvania’s Credit Unions are in business to improve their members’ financial lives,” said Patrick Conway, PCUA President & CEO.  “As more credit union members become entrepreneurial, their credit union is there to provide the financing to support their small businesses.”

According to data from the Kauffman Foundation’s 2015 State of Entrepreneurship, Boomers are twice as likely to be planning to start a business within a year as Millennials.  Data also shows that the share of new entrepreneurs aged 55-64 represents 23 percent of all business owners, which is up 9 percent from 1996.

Aspiring Boomer business owners should register to attend these informative programs to learn about business start-up and financial basics such as the taxes and licenses needed to start their business and legal entity options for their new venture. Experienced financial and legal professionals will be present to discuss financial planning related to starting a small business, loan types and how to work with their local banker, as well as U.S. Small Business Administration resources to assist new entrepreneurs.

Two no-fee seminars are scheduled for Wednesday, October 7 in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania:

Financial Success Seminar for Boomer Business Owners – Eastern Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, 257 Brodhead Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Representatives from: First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union; People First Federal Credit Union; RLB Accountants; Leasavoy, Butz, and Seitz, LLC; the Lehigh University SBDC; and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to present and take questions from attendees.

Admission is no cost, but pre-registration is required. To register, send an email with your name, address, and telephone number to or call (610) 758-3980.

Financial Success Seminar for Boomer Business Owners – Western Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Clearview Federal Credit Union, 8805 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108

Representatives from Clearview Federal Credit Union; CUNA Brokerage Services; Maiello Brungo & Maiello, LLP; The University of Pittsburgh SBDC; and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to present and take questions from attendees.

Admission is no cost, but pre-registration is required. To register, send an email with your name, address, and telephone number to or call (412) 648-1542.