September 25, 2009

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center and SEDA-COG are hosting a series of educational programs to help entrepreneurs and established small- and medium-sized businesses understand and respond to Marcellus Shale-related business opportunities.

As development of Marcellus Shale natural gas grows in Pennsylvania, energy firms are coming to the Commonwealth to extract natural gas from Marcellus, and are creating significant business opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Five webinars
The series, "Your Business and Marcellus Shale," includes five 90-minute morning webinars on Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 10. Each webinar begins at 8 a.m. at the Union County Government Center, located at 155 N 15th St. in Lewisburg.

Session topics include how businesses can establish working relationships with natural gas and service companies, how other businesses already are responding, and business planning skills necessary to evaluate and implement possible new business ventures.

Presenters and panelists include successful local businesses, a natural gas industry representative and experts from Penn State.

The cost of the webinar is $10 per session or $40 for the series of five webinars, and includes a small continental breakfast. Registration is required as seating is limited. Individuals may register online at www.seda-cog.org/marcellus.

The series is co-sponsored by a consortium of universities, Chambers of Commerce, local planning commissions and regional economic development boards from across the Commonwealth, with leadership from Penn State Cooperative Extension.

For more information about the series or to register, contact the SBDC at SBDC@bucknell.edu, call Amanda Latsha at SEDA-COG by phone: 570-524-4491, e-mail: alatsha@seda-cog.org, or visit the "Your Business and Marcellus shale" website at www.economicdevelopment.psu.edu/marcellusbiz/.

Contact: Division of Communications

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