September 27, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer two free seminars Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the SBDC Business Education Center, 434 Market St., Lewisburg.

The first, "Doing Business with the Commonwealth," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Personnel from the Department of General Services and the Bureau of Contract Administration and Business Development will discuss how to find contracts, how state purchasing personnel are doing business and how to be MBE/WBE (minority-owned business enterprise and women-owned business enterprise) certified.

The second, "Doing Business with the Federal Bureau of Prisons," will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bill Gensel, supervisory contract specialist for the Bureau of Prisons, will discuss how to find contracts and how purchasing personnel are doing business.

The seminars are free but registration is required (registration begins at 8:30 with a continental breakfast). To register, call 570-577-1249, email, or online at

These seminars are cohosted by the Bucknell SBDC, SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and the Sunbury Daily Item.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, , Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. To request free business consulting services, complete the online request at

Created in 1978, the Bucknell SBDC is one of the first SBDC centers in the country and 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.



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