September 06, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a First Step pre-business Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brush Valley Chamber of Commerce, located at 2 E. Arch St. in Shamokin.

Topics to be covered include: the unique lifestyle requirement involved in owning a business; how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, differences among business organization structures, what is a business plan, how to obtain financing, the applications and licenses needed to start a company, how to market a product or service, and other resources to help with business planning.

Maureen Hauck, assistant director for business consulting with the Bucknell SBDC, will lead the workshop. 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.

After attending a First Step Workshop, participants can meet with an SBDC business consultant for free and confidential business consulting.

The workshop is free and open to the public, with registration fees waived as a result of SBA funding support from the Jobs Act. Registration is suggested as seating is limited. The registration deadline is Sept. 24.

To register, call 570-577-1249 or 866-375-6010 (toll free); e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp

The Bucknell SBDC has been helping businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper for more than 30 years in Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. SBDC consultants are available to assist business owners who are just getting started investigating a business model, developing a business plan and need some coaching, or are seeking to reinvent, innovate, and grow an existing business.

Co-sponsors include the SBDC; the Brush Valley Regional, Central Pennsylvania, Greater Susquehanna Valley, Middlecreek Valley and Perry County chambers of commerce; The Daily Item; Inc. magazine; The Standard-Journal; and Susquehanna Business Life magazine.

Contact: Division of Communications
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