Oct. 6, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell will offer the seminar, "Legal Issues Facing Small-Business Owners Today," Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 256 of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

Karen Hackman, a partner in the Selinsgrove law firm of Rudnitsky & Hackman LLP, will conduct the seminar. Topics include due diligence in start-ups and acquisitions; extending credit and getting paid; and staying out of court.

The cost for this seminar is $20, lunch included. Registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp

Hackman has practiced law for the past 21 years with a concentration in business, finance and local government law. She is an active member of the western regional board of First Susquehanna Bank and Trust as well as the SEDA Council of Governments local loan review committee.

A member of the board of directors of Evangelical Community Hospital, she served as steering committee chair with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce which developed the blueprint for and led the former Central Susquehanna Valley and the Union County chambers through consolidation.

She has served as a director of the Pennsylvania Appalachia Capital Alliance. In 2000, she was recognized by then Governor Tom Ridge as one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. To request free business consulting services, complete the online request at

http://www.bucknell.edu/x8095.xml

Created in 1978, the SBDC serves as an educational research resource for small businesses. Assistance is provided to small business owners to enhance their knowledge of business management through individual consultations, seminars and pre-business workshops. Assistance also is available to help small businesses obtain data and analysis that are generally unobtainable to them on their own.

With the exception of seminars, counseling services provided by the SBDC are free. Funding is received from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Bucknell University.

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