May 01, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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SBDC logoThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University invites aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, and partners in the business community to join in celebrating National Small Business Week May 12-16, 2014.

During this week, the SBDC highlights four local businesses selected as finalists for the prestigious 2014 Governor's ImPAct Awards. These awards were established by the Commonwealth to recognize companies and individuals who are having a positive economic impact and creating jobs in Pennsylvania. Among the finalists are:

  • Kathy Grandizio of Danville Pharmacy, nominated for the Small Business ImPAct award for a firm that has been an innovator in its industry, increased its workforce, and is committed to the growth and development of its employees. Grandizio, who specializes in personalized service for her community, was recognized as the Bucknell SBDC Small Business Person of the Year in 2013.
  • Jessica Grill of Pompeii Street Soap Company, Mifflinburg, nominated for the Entrepreneur ImPAct award for individuals who have led their company to a position of strength in the marketplace through creativity, innovation, managerial ability, and leadership skills. Grill was the recipient of the SBDC's Innovation in New Product Development Award in 2013.
  • Rod Stahl and Jeff Sheaffer of Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, Selinsgrove, nominated for the Jobs First Award for firms that have demonstrated consistent job growth and retention over the past two years. Since starting in 2006 with help from the SBDC, their firm has grown to more than 75 employees across four offices.
  • Shawn Felty of Sire Advertising, Selinsgrove, nominated for the Community ImPAct award for a company that exemplifies the tenet of "doing well by doing good" and that demonstrates a sustained commitment to the growth and development of its employees and the communities in which it does business.

To help the next wave of entrepreneurs get ready to join the ranks of these business owners, the SBDC will host a First Step Pre-business Workshop on May 7. This workshop is being offered at no charge thanks to sponsorship by Service 1st Federal Credit Union and is being held at their board room at 1419 Montour Blvd. in Danville. To register, visit and click on SBDC Events; call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; or email

The First Step Pre-business Workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of successful business ownership and includes topics such as evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. The program is designed to help people who have always dreamed of starting their own business but who never know where to start, but is also appropriate for individuals seeking a refresher on business formation and startup topics.

National Small Business Week
Since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation each year calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) highlights how critical small businesses are to our country's economic strength, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. In addition to events nationwide, this year the SBA invites business owners and future business owners to view two webinars.

First, it joins forces with AARP to help age 50+ individuals get their small businesses up and running. "Financing Your Small Business for Encore Entrepreneurs" on May 13 at 2 p.m. Then, on May 15 at 2 p.m., the SBA and Small Business Majority will present the "Affordable Care Act 101 for Small Business Owners" webinar. This program will describe what the law means for small businesses and self-employed business owners. Learn more, and register at

Helping businesses start, grow, and prosper
The Bucknell SBDC has been helping businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper for more than 35 years 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. In the past five years, businesses assisted by the Bucknell SBDC have grown their sales by almost $40 million and created more than 400 jobs.

The Pennsylvania SBDC network is the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. The SBDC collaborated with members of DCED's Central Pennsylvania Region Partnership for Regional Economic Performance program involved in nominating firms for the ImPAct awards.