March 28, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will host the networking event, "Borrower-Lender Matchmaking," Thursday, May 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Col. John Kelly Room of the Country Cupboard in Lewisburg.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-hosted by the Lock Haven and Penn State SBDCs.

During the event fashioned after 'speed dating' events, entrepreneurs and small-business owners will have 15-minute sessions to pitch their financing needs to a variety of lenders.

Potential borrowers will have access to free and confidential SBDC consulting and business planning assistance to prepare their pitch and materials. Lenders can then schedule follow-up interviews with entrepreneurs whose proposals align with their portfolio.

Lenders include First Columbia Bank, Jersey Shore State Bank, KLM Financial Services, M & T Bank, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, SEDA COG, SEEDCO, Susquehanna Bank, Swineford National Bank, West Milton State Bank and others.

Entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to meet with regional commercial loan officers to discuss loans for business acquisitions, working capital, business expansion, refinancing, machinery and equipment, facility purchases, business start-ups, franchises and lines of credit.

Registration is suggested as seating is limited. To register online, visit; call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; or email

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.

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