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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 Releases 2016 Impact Data on SBDC Day

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Today, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have released the results of their services to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in 2016 as part of National SBDC Day.

In 2016, the Pennsylvania SBDC network helped small businesses obtain $182,198,317 in new investment for their companies and grow sales more than $221,000,000 ($184,661,378 in domestic sales and $37,088,093 in international sales).

The number of small businesses who received no-fee, confidential business management advice from the SBDC’s professional staff totaled 7,150 individuals, resulting in 91,020 hours of business consulting delivered by 18 SBDCs statewide. The number of business education programs held by the Pennsylvania SBDC in 2016 totaled 698, attracting 9,520 attendees.

In total, the Pennsylvania SBDC network helped 705 Pennsylvanians start or purchase a business in 2016. This resulted in the SBDCs contributing to the saving and creation of 6,628 jobs across the Commonwealth last year.

Since 1980, the Pennsylvania SBDC has provided valuable services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Today, on SBDC Day, SBDCs across Pennsylvania will hold educational programs and other events to showcase the expertise available to the Commonwealth’s business owners. For a full listing of Pennsylvania SBDC events and programs, visit: http://pasbdc.org/events.

To follow SBDC Day happenings on social media, follow the hashtag #SBDCDay and @PASmallBusiness on Twitter.