July 21, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Senator John Gordner will be a guest speaker at the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center's 27th anniversary celebration Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

Successful small-business owners who will share their business history include Bucknell graduate Matt Roberts, owner of Keystone Pallet and Recycling, and filmmakers Todd Bieber and Juliana Brafa, a 2005 Bucknell graduate.

Seating for the luncheon, which is open to the public, is limited and registration is requested; call 570-577-1249 or email to sbdc@bucknell.edu. The cost to attend the luncheon is $10.

Other speakers include a representative from the office of Dennis Yablonsky, Pennsylvania State Secretary of Community and Economic Development; Kurt Kissinger, president and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce; Robert B. Hickox, executive director, Milton Area Chamber of Commerce; Linda Sterling, executive director of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership; and Charlie Pollock, vice president for student affairs at Bucknell University.

Created in 1978, the Bucknell SBDC is one of the first SBDC centers in the country. Located in the Dana Engineering Building at Bucknell, the SBDC serves as an educational research resource for small businesses.

In addition to SBDC staff consultants, Bucknell faculty, staff and student interns assist small business owners with enhancing their knowledge of business management through individual consultations, seminars, and pre-business workshops.

Areas of assistance provided by the SBDC include accounting and record keeping, business startup procedures, business plan development, financial analysis, marketing and sales, human resource management, product development, OSHA requirements, and environmental management.

With the exception of seminars, the counseling services provided by the SBDC are free. Funding is received from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Bucknell University.

For information about the SBDC, call 570-577-1249, email sbdc@bucknell.edu or check the website at www.bucknell.edu/sbdc.

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