Posted on August 18, 2015, BY Staff

On Thursday, Aug. 20, area residents are invited to join local officials and small business owners for a morning parade of ribbon cuttings at five Lewisburg small businesses that have recently launched or expanded. Each received support from the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership (LDP).

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are part of Lewisburg's core, and these themes are being played out in countless homes and offices throughout this town," said Steven Stumbris, director of the Bucknell SBDC, which incubated the program for town-gown economic development in Pennsylvania more than three decades ago. "Lewisburg continues to diversify its start-up ventures; many of whom prosper through collaborations with faculty, staff, and students at Bucknell."

The walking tour will feature the grand opening of a locally owned community pharmacy, an expansion of a popular downtown restaurant and the launch of a jewelry studio. Late-morning events happening in the heart of the commercial business district will highlight two rapidly growing technology-based firms that launched from Bucknell University's Entrepreneurs Incubator. The event will conclude with a reception at the downtown offices of the SBDC, featuring remarks by Dennis Davin, appointed this year to serve as secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Weather permitting, ribbon cutting events will be held outdoors and will be open to the public. Guests are also invited to accompany SBDC and LDP representatives on a walking tour from location to location throughout the morning.

Individuals are requested to contact the SBDC by Wednesday, Aug. 19, to RSVP and to confirm locations and times, as the schedule may change.  

Tour locations and times include:

8:30 a.m.
Grand Opening: Studio Jewelry by Rebecca Mohr, 140 South Front Street

9:15 a.m.
Grand Opening/Business Launch: Lewisburg Pharmacy, 50 North 2nd Street

9:50 a.m.
Business Expansion: Pronto! Provisions With Passion, 232 Market Street

10:30 a.m.
Grand Opening/New Location: Brighton Training Group, 434 Market Street 

11:00 a.m.
Business Expansion/Product Launch: Novipod, 416 Market Street, 2nd floor, Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator

11:30 a.m.
Reception and remarks with local officials and business owners, 416 Market Street, 3rd floor, Bucknell SBDC offices

The SBDC recently honored Linda Sterling, LDP executive director, with the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, named for the SBDC's founding director, and presented in recognition of visionary, entrepreneurial and transformational leadership; and for sustained efforts to create vibrancy in the small business community.

"Linda leads the charge for Lewisburg's downtown to remain its heart and soul," said Stumbris. "The SBDC is proud to partner with her and the LDP to help downtown businesses start, grow and prosper."

About the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership
The LDP leads the charge for Lewisburg to become the cultural and economic magnet of the region. It was founded in 1999 through a collaboration of the Borough of Lewisburg, Bucknell University and the downtown business community. This partnership has sustained a low 2-percent downtown vacancy rate for over a decade. The LDP maintains the award-winning LewisburgPA.com. In spring 2015 it was one of 40 downtown programs in Pennsylvania to achieve accreditation by the National Main Street Center.

About the 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.

Upcoming SBDC events
To help the next wave of entrepreneurs prepare to join the ranks of the business owners being featured during the tour, the SBDC will host two additional events this month. On Aug. 26, the DeWitt Building at 416 Market Street will be the site of the monthly "Tech Meetup Lewisburg," where business owners and innovators explore themes at the intersections of technology and entrepreneurship; and of Bucknell and the community. This month's meetup will focus on achieving business growth through marketing tips, tools and tactics. Following that, on Aug. 31, the SBDC presents its "First Step: Pre-business Workshop," where aspiring entrepreneurs, including students from Bucknell, will learn the first steps to take in planning and launching a business. Both events are offered at no charge, but preregistration is required. Register for these events today by visiting SBDC events online, by phone at (570) 577-1249 or by email to sbdc@bucknell.edu.

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 & Economic Development through the Partnership for Regional Economic Performance program, and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth.

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