March 03, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

With winter weather still gripping central Pennsylvania, the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help small businesses survive, and aid them in making plans for growth. Compiling a continuity plan, including emergency communications planning, is of utmost importance for a business of any size. Being prepared ensures the survivability of a business after any disruptive event, including, ice, snow, and freezing temperatures.

On Thursday March 12, from 8 to 10 a.m., the SBDC will present "Small Business Survival: Hope for the best, Plan for the Worst," a program on business interruption and disaster recovery planning.

This seminar is being presented at no fee, and partners include Senator Rob Teplitz (PA-115th), the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, and the Perry County Emergency Management Agency.

The program will be held at the Maples Building at the Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield. Individuals and businesses can register online at or by calling the SBDC at 570-577-1249.

As part of its Business Continuity and Survival services, SBDC consultants are available to meet with businesses to discuss how they can adopt business resiliency strategies and prepare for future business interruptions. For those not able to attend the program or meet in person, the SBDC has four self-paced, on-demand webinars at designed to familiarize business managers with business continuity and growth opportunities, including:

  • preparing your business for any disruption;
  • operating your business in the "cloud" with remote network computing;
  • establishing and growing your business presence online;
  • expanding into international, government, and e-commerce markets.

Upcoming programs to help businesses start, grow, and prosper
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. The Center provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. Upcoming programs include:

  • The First Step: Pre-Business Workshop, March 18, Selinsgrove. Where entrepreneurs take the first step to successful business ownership. Learn how to evaluate business ideas, develop a business plan, and explore financing options.
  • Tech Meetup, March 24, Lewisburg. Attendees will see and have the opportunity to share "elevator pitches" and hear how entrepreneurs use innovative new technologies and tools at the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator, home to 10 startup companies.
  • QuickBooks Basic, April 1, Lewisburg. Get started with QuickBooks accounting software for your business. Learn about setting up accounts, vendors, customers, transactions, and more ...
  • QuickBooks Intermediate, April 2, Lewisburg. QuickBooks accounting software topics; including accounts payable, credit card, invoices, sales receipts, deposits, inventory, and more ...

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.

The SBDC is part of a statewide, nationally accredited program, and is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) through the Partnership for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) program, and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth.