March 09, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer the workshop, "Making good commercial real estate decisions in tough economic times" on Tuesday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the SBDC Business Education Center, 207 Chamberlin Building, 434 Market St., in Lewisburg.

Al Guari, vice president, brokerage, with Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, will lead the workshop. Topics to be discussed include how to evaluate a real estate investment; what steps to follow when making a real estate transaction; debt to equity ratio, lease contracts and sales agreements; tips on choosing the best location; and current trends within the northeastern Pennsylvania commercial real estate market.

Guari has experience as a commercial lender and as an SBDC business consultant. He is an instructor on the fundamental and practices of real estate in the Continuing Education department at the University of Scranton.

Registration required
Registration is required as seating is limited. The registration fee is $35. Participants will receive a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine. Veterans are welcome to attend at no cost.

To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; e-mail, or visit

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

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

Contact: Division of Communications

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