October 21, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jody Graybill and Dennis Hummer have joined the staff of the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as business consultants.

Jody GraybillJody Graybill brings more than 24 years of banking and financial service experience to the SBDC, having led a community bank to being nationally recognized, after leading its trust and financial services division.

In his role of consultant, he brings background in management, finance, operations, marketing, personnel, audit, compliance, budgeting and strategic planning.

He has experience with risk management, disaster recovery, income and estate taxes, investments, estate and business succession planning. In addition, he can assist clients with financial and loan analysis.

During his banking career, Graybill worked with many small businesses in the region. He has been involved with numerous civic and trade organizations including the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers Board, Juniata and Perry County Chambers of Commerce, Juniata County Library and Lions Club.

Graybill earned a B.S. degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and attended both Advanced Banking and Trust and Financial Services schools at Bucknell.   

Dennis HummerDennis Hummer has spent more than 20 years in the construction and hospitality industries and brings executive management, product branding, and corporate ownership experience to the Bucknell SBDC.

The recipient of a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Hummer is the SBDC's consultant-in-residence at Bucknell University's Entrepreneurs Incubator (BUEI) in downtown Lewisburg, a program offering low cost office space, training, and networking opportunities to innovative startup firms.

As consultant-in-residence, he provides free, confidential counseling to entrepreneurs looking to navigate the complexities of business ownership. Whether it's a new start-up or existing business, he guides clients in designing sound business plans, creating effective marketing strategies, and identifying potential funding sources. Hummer utilizes the resources of the PASBDC network and Bucknell University in helping clients take business ideas from concept to creation.

The Bucknell SBDC recently celebrated its 35th anniversary of helping businesses start, grow, and prosper in Union, Northumberland, Juniata, Montour, Perry and Snyder counties. The center provides education, information and consulting to entrepreneurs just investigating a market opportunity and developing a business plan, as well as to existing businesses seeking to innovate, grow, and sustain.