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Feb. 13, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer the seminar, "First Step to Inventing for Profit," Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 256 of Bucknell's Elaine Langone Center.

There is no cost for this seminar. Registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email, or online at

Mike Dorkoski, assistant director for technical consulting at Bucknell's SBDC, will conduct the seminar, designed for beginning inventors. Topics to be discussed include: patents, licensing, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; Flexi-Trac mapping; and typical inventor business models.

A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Lehigh University, Dorkoski has more than 15 years of business experience including business ownership, manufacturing engineering, and manufacturing management. He joined the Bucknell SBDC in 2002.        

The Product Development Center at Bucknell provides help and services in the following areas: machine shop fabrication, computer aided drafting, intellectual property issues, patent searching, product design analysis, competitive analysis, prototype construction, product testing, and rapid prototyping capabilities.

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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