January 09, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free First Step pre-business workshop Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the SBDC Business Education Center, located in the DeWitt Building at 416 Market St. in Lewisburg.

The workshop is free, though registration is requested as seating is limited. To register online, visit www.bucknell.edu/sbdcevents; call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; or email SBDC@bucknell.edu.

Topics to be covered include: how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, differences among business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, the applications and licenses needed to start a company, how to market a product or service, and other resources to help with business planning.

After attending a First Step workshop, participants can meet with an SBDC business consultant for free and confidential business consulting.

Future SBDC events include the first monthly entrepreneur's Tech Meetup of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a Writing Your Business Plan workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon; and a First Step pre-business workshop on Wednesday, March 18, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each of these events will be held in the DeWitt Building and will be offered at no fee to attendees. 

In addition, the SBDC is hosting The First Step: Starting a Business webinar series. Newly redesigned to walk aspiring entrepreneurs through the process of starting a new business venture, the on-demand instructional series can be viewed on all mobile devices. Six webinars, averaging 15 minutes long each, are a part of the series available at www.pasbdc.org/firststep.

Helping 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 Center (PASBDC) network. The PASBDC 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 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. 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 grown their sales by almost $40 million and created more than 400 jobs.