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Feb. 10, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer a free seminar regarding state contracting Tuesday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Center Room (Room 256) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The seminar is free and includes a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a networking luncheon. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, call 570-577-1249, email, or online at


The workshop, "Doing Business with the Pennsylvania Government," will be led by Curtis Burwell 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 become MBE/WBE (minority-owned business enterprise and women-owned business enterprise) certified.

The seminar is cohosted by the Bucknell SBDC, SEDA-COG, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers.

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, it has assisted in creating or retaining nearly 3,000 jobs and helping nearly 4,700 clients. 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.

Located in the Dana Engineering Building, 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.

In addition to SBDC staff consultants, Bucknell faculty, staff and student interns provide counseling services for small businesses. Areas of assistance provided by the SBDC include: accounting and record keeping; business startup procedures; business plan development; e-commerce; financial analysis; human resources; marketing and sales; product development; OSHA requirements; and environmental management.


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