May 18, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer "The First Step: Pre-business Workshop" on Wednesday, June 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. in Lewisburg.

Maureen Hauck, assistant director for business consulting at the SBDC, will discuss topics including how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, various steps to take before opening a new business, how to finance and market a new business, and regulations and legal issues to be considered.

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.

Registration required for workshops
Registration is required as seating is limited; the cost of each workshop is $20. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/register.asp

First Step workshops are offered on a regular basis at each of the 18 SBDC centers in Pennsylvania. Bucknell SBDC First Step workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m.; and Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Potential entrepreneurs
Each year, the Pennsylvania SBDCs help thousands of prospective business owners prepare to meet opportunities small business presents.

The First Step workshop is specifically designed to help potential entrepreneurs consider the risks and details of going into business. After completing the First Step, an entrepreneur may proceed with no-fee, confidential, one-on-one consultations tailored exclusively to meet the entrepreneur's unique needs.

"It's the work we do up front with new owners that can make all the difference to their success," said Jon Vernam, director of the Bucknell SBDC. "We not only help them open their doors, we make sure they've planned their business properly and are prepared to meet some of the toughest challenges a small business owner can face."

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. For more information, visit www.bucknell.edu/x7025.xml

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