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Pennsylvania SBDC Joins DCED's Jobs1st 'On the Road' Series for Disaster Recovery Workshop

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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will participate in Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s (DCED) Jobs1st ‘On the Road’ series as part of a Disaster Recovery Workshop for small businesses on April 10 in Lewisburg.  The three-day series of events is scheduled for April 9-11 throughout the Central Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) Region and will feature business tours, educational seminars, and visits with local government officials.

Small businesses located in the central Pennsylvania region are encouraged to attend a free Disaster Recovery Workshop on April 10 as part of the tour.  Expert speakers from DCED, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), and the SBDC will share grant and funding information available after declared disasters and provide valuable information on disaster recovery for small businesses. Business owners should consider registering for this event as part of their ongoing business continuity preparations.

Details about this workshop are listed below. To register and see the full list of the Jobs1st ‘On the Road’ events, please visit the DCED website.

Disaster Recovery Workshop
The workshop will provide current information on the Pennsylvania Recovery Resources Team, Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery grants and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, as well as updates on Biggert-Waters 12 (National Flood Insurance Program).

When: Thursday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Union County Government Center, 155 North 15th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Cost: Free

As part of Jobs1st 'On the Road,' the Bucknell University, Penn State and Lock Haven SBDCs are also participating by holding events in their service areas.  Small businesses are encouraged to register for the following events during the tour:

A "First Step Pre-business Workshop" will be held on Wednesday, April 9 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bucknell University SBDC Business Education Center on the third floor of the DeWitt Building at 416 Market St. in Lewisburg. This workshop is offered at no charge through sponsorship of Mifflinburg Bank & Trust.

Also on Wednesday, April 9, the Bucknell University SBDC will present "Fundamentals of Social Media" from 8 to 11 a.m. at Vince's Pizza, Beaver Springs, sponsored by the Middlecreek Valley Chamber of Commerce. The program fee for "Fundamentals of Social Media" is $35.

On Friday, April 11 the Penn State SBDC will host a Bankers’ Roundtable where lenders can learn about resources that can assist and support deal flow.  This event will feature speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SEDA-Council of Governments, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.  The event will start run from 8 to 10:00 a.m., registration is available by contacting Laurie Linton at .  

Jobs1stPA ‘On the Road’ is an initiative of the Corbett Administration to meet with partners, attend educational workshops, visit businesses, and tour communities to get a firsthand look at the new ventures happening across Pennsylvania.  The Central PREP Region encompasses Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties.

The Pennsylvania SBDC provides ongoing Business Continuity and Survival Services to small businesses through funding by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Companies who are interested in talking about ways that their business can prepare for future disasters or business disruptions should contact their local SBDC for no-fee, confidential advice.