September 25, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Nancy Tedeschi, inventor of the SnapIt Screw eyeglass repair solution, will give the talk, "Turning a good idea into an invention and taking it to the marketplace," Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in Arches Lounge (third floor) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk is sponsored by the Bucknell Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The cost to attend is $35 per person; veterans may attend at no cost.

The SnapIt Screw is an innovative, time-saving screw that makes eyeglass repair simple. More than 5 million kits have been sold in stores such as Walgreen's, Office Depot, Ace Hardware, True Value, and Lee Valley  Tools, and online from Amazon, Walmart and Target.

Initially, Tedeschi successfully marketed it on her own to opticians and received an Award of Excellence from the American Optical Laboratories Association. Then she entered the "Get on the Shelf" competition sponsored by Walmart and appeared on "Good Morning America," which led to a meeting with a Walmart representative. The repair kits will appear on Walmart shelves in January 2014.

Registration is required as seating is limited. To register, 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.