April 08, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Bucknell University sophomore Cole McCollum pitches his startup at Tech Meetup Lewisburg in the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator at 416 Market St.
Bucknell University sophomore Cole McCollum pitches his startup at Tech Meetup Lewisburg in the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator at 416 Market St.

In celebration of National Small Business Week May 4-8, the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a series of programs to inspire and assist entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Free startup and growth programs
To help the next wave of entrepreneurs prepare to join the ranks of successful business owners, the SBDC will host a series of business startup and growth programs throughout the month. Thanks to the sponsorship and assistance of various partners, these programs are being offered at no fee as part of the SBDC's National Small Business Week celebration:

  • Wednesday, May 6: First Step: Pre-business Workshop, Sunbury. This workshop, offered in partnership with State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, will help aspiring entrepreneurs take the First Step to successful business ownership. It includes topics such as evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Program partners include Schlegel Culver, M&T Bank, and Sunbury Revitalization Inc.
  • Friday, May 8: Patents and Intellectual Property for Small Business, Lewisburg. This workshop, offered in partnership with U.S. Congressman Tom Marino, is hosted on the campus of Bucknell University. Presenters from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will describe patents and other forms of intellectual property, and highlight services and resources for small business owners.
  • Wednesday, May 13: Understanding Small Business Taxes: Reporting Income or Losses, Lewisburg. Brian Elsasser, CPA/CVA, will lead this workshop covering Schedule C tax topics such as eligible expenses, depreciation, business use of home, and more. Program partners include Wagner, Dreese, Elsasser and Associates, a tax, accounting and consulting firm.
  • Thursday, May 14: Start-up and Small Business Legal Issues, Danville. Attorney Kristina Magolis will discuss how business owners can prepare their firms for growth and protect themselves from litigation. Program partners include the Danville Business Alliance, Columbia/Montour Chamber of Commerce, and Service 1st Federal Credit Union.
  • Wednesday, May 27: Tech Meetup, Lewisburg. This monthly meetup is a networking event where business owners and innovators explore themes at the intersections of technology and entrepreneurship, and of Bucknell and the community. Program partners include the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator. Each meetup features light fare from a local small business success story client of the SBDC.

All events are offered at no charge, but registration is required. Register for these events by visiting www.bucknell.edu/SBDCevents, by phone at 570-577-1249, or by email to sbdc@bucknell.edu.

Highlight: Local finalists for Governor's Awards
During this week the SBDC also highlights two local businesses selected as finalists for the prestigious 2015 Governor's ImPAct Awards. These awards recognize companies and individuals who are having a positive economic impact and creating jobs in Pennsylvania. Nominees include:

Nick Gilson of Gilson Boards, a member of the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator, is nominated for the Entrepreneur ImPAct Award for individuals who have led their company to a position of strength in the marketplace through creativity, innovation and leadership. Gilson Boards of Winfield turns Pennsylvania poplar into the most playful and scientifically sound snowboards on the market.

Upper Desk Inc. in Hughesville is nominated for the Small Business ImPAct Award for a firm that has been an innovator in its industry. Co-founder father and daughter team Rod Phillips and Stephanie Phillips-Taggart were the recipients of the Bucknell SBDC's Innovation in New Product Development Award in 2014. Their Upper Desk products have won national and international awards.


About SBA National Small Business Week
For more than 50 years, the President and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have proclaimed National Small Business Week to highlight how important small businesses are to our country's economic strength and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. www.sba.gov/nsbw

About Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Bucknell SBDC serves entrepreneurs in Union, Northumberland, Juniata, Montour, Perry, and Snyder counties as a member of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (PASBDC) network. Each year the Bucknell SBDC helps more than 30 entrepreneurs achieve their dream of starting their own business. In the past five years, businesses assisted by the Bucknell SBDC have increased their sales by almost $40 million and created more than 400 local jobs. www.Bucknell.edu/SBDC

About Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (PASBDC)
The Pennsylvania SBDC 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 through the Partnership for Regional Economic Performance program, and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. http://pasbdc.org/