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Sept. 24, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer a free seminar regarding state contracting and state MBE/WBE certification Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The seminar is free but registration is required (registration begins at 8:30 with a continental breakfast). To register, call 570-577-1249 or 866-375-6010 toll-free; email; or online at


This workshop will be presented by personnel from the Department of General Services and the Bureau of Contract Administration and Business Development.

Topics will include how to find contracts, how state purchasing personnel are doing business and how to be MBE/WBE (minority-owned business enterprise and women-owned business enterprise) certified.

The seminar is cohosted by the Bucknell SBDC and SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

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

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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