March 15, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be available at local legislators' offices in April to provide entrepreneurs with free consulting services and information.

This 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.

Assistance will be available:

Thursday, April 11, at Representative Kurt Masser's office, 467 Industrial Park Road, Elysburg, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, April 12, at Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver's office, 106 Arch Street, Sunbury, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are required and must be scheduled two business days prior to a meeting date. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact the Bucknell SBDC office at 570-577-1249, or toll free at 1-866-375-6010. Visit to request services or view recent success stories.

The Bucknell SBDC has been helping businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper for more than 30 years in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour, Juniata and Perry counties. Whether you are just getting started investigating your business model, interested in purchasing an existing business, 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.

Contact: Division of Communications