November 02, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will host four free, Internet-based "Veterans Business Workshops" Nov. 7, 8, 9 and 10 in the SBDC Education Center, 434 Market St., Lewisburg.

Each workshop begins at 10 a.m. Registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC/

The workshops are offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) during the week of Veterans Day through a telephone and the Internet conferencing system. Participants access the audio portion via telephone and the visual presentation on the World Wide Web.

The workshop schedule is:

Nov. 7: How to start a small business;

Nov. 8: Financing a small business;

Nov. 9: The SBA's programs and services;

Nov. 10: How to access government contracts.

"There has never been a better time for veteran-owned businesses, especially those who are interested in doing business with the federal government," said Stephen Umberger, director of the SBA's Philadelphia District Office.

Changes in federal law coupled with incentives to big business have made it easier for veterans to participate. "I want to encourage every veteran, whether they own a small business or are just thinking about starting a new venture, to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about available products and services offered by the SBA," said Umberger.

Created in 1953, the SBA is the only independent agency of the federal government with the sole purpose of assisting small businesses to start, grow and prosper through its extensive network of regional, district and branch offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, 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 workshops.

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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