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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Forty small businesses from across Pennsylvania participated in "It All Adds Up," an exposition held at the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg on April 24.
The annual event, now in its 13th year, is coordinated by the statewide network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to feature companies that exemplify small firms’ social and economic impact throughout the Commonwealth.
Clients of the Bucknell University SBDC who exhibited at the event included:
Cash in Clutter owner Betsy Kramer of Elysburg worked with the Bucknell SBDC to start her business, which provides professional organizing services for the home and office. Kramer, who has been featured on CBS' The Early Show, serves as consultant and writes a regular column for the Clever Parent website (www.cleverparent.com).
Shumaker Industries in Northumberland has been fabricating replacement concrete mixer drums since 1953. The company also manufactures parts for all makes of concrete mixers including chutes, pedestals, hoppers, fenders and water tanks. Shumaker Industries worked with the Bucknell SBDC's Engineering Development Services to create a new concrete delivery system. To date, the engineering team has spent nearly 1,000 hours developing the Shumaker product and continues to work to perfect the company's innovative offering.
YAY! Design is a graphic design firm located in Lewisburg. Co-owners Jacqueline and William Kelly have well over 20 years combined experience in the graphic design industry, working with established firms in New York City. After relocating to Lewisburg, the couple opened their own firm in February 2004, and worked with the Bucknell SBDC on the many aspects of a new business. Because of their success, YAY! Design is considering future growth and is confident about their business as they continue to expand their clientele base.
"These small businesses are adding up with the jobs they create, the products they develop, and the sales they generate across the world," said Jon Vernam, director of the Bucknell SBDC. "Successful small businesses are beneficial to the state's economy. Their success means more jobs, more tax revenues and more Pennsylvania products reaching consumers from California to China."
This year's expo focused on many ways in which help for small businesses provided by the Pennsylvania SBDCs equals significant economic returns for the Commonwealth. In the past year alone, the SBDCs have helped clients reach over $1.3 billion in sales, open 2,994 new businesses and obtain over $220 million in start-up and expansion financing.
Approximately 200 lawmakers and government officials attended the event. Several exhibiting clients received citations from state legislators in recognition of their achievements. The Renda Broadcasting Corporation also conducted a live radio broadcast from the floor of the exposition.
By providing high-quality consulting, training and information to entrepreneurs and small business owners the Pennsylvania SBDCs have helped thousands of businesses to start, grow and prosper throughout the state.
For more information on the event and featured companies, contact the Bucknell University SBDC at 570-577-1249 or visit http://www.pasbdc.org/expo.
Posted May 17, 2007