May 26, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University and Service 1st Federal Credit Union will offer "The First Step: Pre-business Workshop," Wednesday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at Service 1st FCU, 1207 Bloom St., Danville.

Maureen Hauck, business consultant at the SBDC, will cover such topics as start-up procedures and forms, business location, insurance issues, special licenses and permits, hiring employees, taxes, developing a business plan, and resources for the entrepreneur.

The First Step seminar is free but registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the SBDC toll-free at 866-375-6010, or 570-577-1249; email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp

With the Bucknell SBDC since March 2000, Hauck has more than 20 years of business experience including retail management, marketing, advertising, salesmanship, and personnel management. She holds her degrees in business administration and secondary education from Bloomsburg University.

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/servicesrequest.html

Created in 1978, it has assisted in creating or retaining nearly 3,000 jobs and helping nearly 4,700 clients. With the exception of seminars, 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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