January 16, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) celebrates the new year with a brief recap of 2012, a year that saw 33 of its clients start new businesses.

Successful company startups ranged from Campobellos, a purveyor of gelato and sorbet in Sunbury, to independently owned Custom Care Pharmacy in Milton, to Bason Coffee Roasting in Danville.

Additionally, 2012 saw more than 50 aspiring student entrepreneurs compete in the SBDC's inaugural "Beyond the Bubble" student business pitch competition. Winners included the soon-to-launch student ventures SharedSpark and BuckSell, and the existing student-run business SOFO Collection.

The SBDC kicks off a full slate of educational programs in 2013 by offering "First Step: Pre-Business Workshops" on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Each of these sessions will help aspiring entrepreneurs start on the path to successful business ownership by evaluating the feasibility of business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Each session is open to the public at a cost of $20 per person; Bucknell students may attend at no charge. Pre-registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email sbdc@bucknell.edu or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDCevents

The SBDC works with retail, service companies, manufacturers, and other for-profit businesses or ventures willing to ask for help. "Whether you are just getting started investigating your business model, are developing a business plan and need some coaching, or are seeking to reinvent, innovate, and grow your existing business; SBDC consultants can help you succeed," said Steven Stumbris, director of the SBDC.

"We've been helping businesses start, grow, and prosper for more than 30 years in Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties."

Bucknell's center is the first of its kind in the nation to be hosted by a College of Engineering and provides specialty engineering assistance especially well-suited to product developers and manufacturers seeking to innovate.

Part of a nationally accredited program and statewide network, the SBDC is supported by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and Bucknell University.

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