September 28, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer two Microsoft seminars Monday, Oct. 10, with Lisa Veloz, Bucknell technology support leader and Microsoft Certified Expert.

"Microsoft Office 2003 Word and Excel" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon; "Microsoft PowerPoint and Publisher" will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., both in Room 325 of the Dana Engineering Building at Bucknell.

The fee for each seminar is $30 or $50 for both. Registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC/

Topics in the morning seminar session include: an overview of Microsoft Word including text editing, formatting options, tabs, tables, and mail merge; and an overview of Microsoft Excel including how to create, edit and utilize spreadsheets, and how to manage lists of data and do calculations in Excel.

The afternoon seminar session will include: an overview of PowerPoint, including how to create a color slide presentation with clip art and graphs, and how to add special effects to a presentation using slide transitions, animations, and other effects; and an overview of the desktop publishing software program Publisher, including how to create signs, newsletters, and brochures.

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 http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC/

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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