September 26, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Steve Stumbris, assistant director for technical consulting at the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center, is one of six consultants who recently received the national Association of Small Business Development Centers' 2008 State Star, an award for demonstrating exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business.

Stumbris works with Bucknell's College of Engineering to provide applied engineering research, design, and analysis services in support of clients' new product development and manufacturing process improvements. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and offers diverse industry experience spanning marine electronics, wood products manufacturing, plastic extrusion and mobile heavy equipment.

Honored in Chicago
As part of the Pennsylvania SBDCs' Technology Commercialization Assistance team, Stumbris provided technology-based businesses with assistance on issues ranging from intellectual property consultation, engineering design and analysis, new product development, and proof-of-concept prototype construction. He joined the team at an awards reception honoring all State Stars on Sept. 5 in Chicago in conjunction with ASBDC's 28th Annual Conference.

"Steve has been a tremendous addition to our team and it is a real honor for our Center and Bucknell University to have him recognized for his contributions to our clients and technology businesses in Pennsylvania," said Jon Vernam, director of the Bucknell University SBDC.

"We believe that by serving the technology base of small business enterprises, we are focusing on the future of economic development in our region and in the state. Steve has done an excellent job in leading this effort."

To learn more about the SBDC's Technology Commercialization Assistance and the other 2008 State Stars, visit

In the last eight years alone, Pennsylvania SBDC technology clients have recorded more than $176.5 million in financial investments, including nearly $40 million in Small Business Innovation Research grants from federal agencies. Pennsylvania's program is one of just 10 SBDC programs nationwide accredited for its technology service, a designation which facilitates technology-based research grants for small businesses.

Bucknell University SBDC and the Pennsylvania SBDC
The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center, one of 18 centers in Pennsylvania accredited by the national network of Small Business Development Centers, provides entrepreneurs and small businesses in Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties with one-on-one consulting, information and education to help businesses start, grow and prosper.

Since its inception in 1980, the Pennsylvania SBDC has evolved into a network of 18 college- and university-based centers and more than 100 outreach locations, operating under the guidance of the State Director located at the University of Pennsylvania. The SBDCs play a unique and vital role in the Commonwealth's economic development initiatives as the only organization that, in utilizing the expertise and resources of some of the best colleges and universities in the state, assists entrepreneurs in all stages of business and all industry sectors.

Funding support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the SBDC host institutions enables consulting services to be provided at no charge to the client. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDCs' services and impact, visit

America's Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. With about 1,000 centers across the nation, America's SBDC network provided business consulting to approximately 200,000 clients, training for more than 400,000 attendees, and other forms of management and technical assistance to approximately 600,000 small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs last year.

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