August 24, 2009

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer "The First Step: Pre-business Workshop," Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the SBDC Education Center, Room 207 of the Chamberlin Building on Fifth Street in Lewisburg.

Maureen Hauck, assistant director for business consulting at the SBDC, will discuss topics including the unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, various steps to take before opening a new business, how to finance and market a new business, and environmental regulations and legal issues to be considered.

With the Bucknell SBDC since March 2000, Hauck has more than 20 years of business experience including retail management, marketing, advertising, salesmanship, and personnel management. She holds her degrees in business administration and secondary education from Bloomsburg University.

Registration required
The cost to attend is $20 per person. Registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/register.asp. Veterans may attend free of charge.

First Step workshops are offered on a regular basis at each of the 18 SBDC centers in Pennsylvania. Each year, the Pennsylvania SBDCs help thousands of prospective business owners prepare to meet opportunities small business presents.

Potential entrepreneurs
The First Step workshop is specifically designed to help potential entrepreneurs consider the risks and details of going into business. After completing the First Step, an entrepreneur may proceed with no-fee, confidential, one-on-one consultations tailored exclusively to meet the entrepreneur's unique needs.

"The survival rate of SBDC clients in approximately 35 percent higher than the general population of new business in the United States," said Jon Vernam, director of the Bucknell SBDC. "It's the work we do up front with new owners that can make all the difference to their success. We not only help them open their doors, we make sure they've planned their business properly and are prepared to meet some of the toughest challenges a small business owner can face. "

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Greater Susquehanna Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Brush Valley and Middlecreek Valley Regional Chambers of Commerce; The Daily Item; The Standard-Journal; and Susquehanna Business Life magazine.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. For more information, visit www.bucknell.edu/x7025.xml

Contact: Division of Communications

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