June 10, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will join the Small Business Administration in celebrating the 50th Annual National Small Business Week June 17 to 21.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. The celebration recognizes the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs who work every day to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America's global competitiveness.

To expand the reach of its services to small businesses during this week, the SBDC will partner with Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver at her Sunbury office to provide entrepreneurs with free and confidential consulting services and information. Assistance will be available Monday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 106 Arch St. in Sunbury. Appointments are required and must be scheduled prior to the meeting date.

To date in 2013, the SBDC has helped 14 entrepreneurs start new business, including a private medical practice, several e-commerce sites, and a venture launched by a team of Bucknell students.

Educational programs and events coming up in the summer include a new five-part Social Media Marketing lunch seminar series starting in late June. Topics will include how to use blogs, Twitter and Facebook to engage with customers and promote your business.

In July, the SBDC will launch Product Innovation Workshops designed to help manufacturers and product designers identify and pursue opportunities for product and market development.

Bucknell's center was the first in the nation to be hosted by a College of Engineering and attendees at these innovation workshops will meet and work with representatives and student consultants from the center's specialty Engineering Development Services. To learn more and to register for an upcoming event, visit www.bucknell.edu/SBDCevents

For more information about the SBDC, or to schedule an appointment, call the center office at 570-577-1249 or toll free at 1-866-375-6010.To request SBDC consulting services or read more about the successes of recent clients, visit http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC.xml

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. The SBDC's one-on-one consulting emphasizes education to those interested in starting a new business or expanding their existing business. Consulting is confidential and provided at no charge. Typical business topics include how to start a business, financial analysis, hiring employees, bookkeeping, preparing a business plan, financial forecasting, and marketing strategies for growth. Whether just getting started investigating a business model, interested in purchasing an existing business, developing a business plan and needing some coaching, or seeking to reinvent, innovate, and grow an existing business, SBDC consultants can help businesses succeed.