May 14, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Penn State Cooperative Extension are hosting a series of six twice-monthly breakfast webinars 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.

Sessions will highlight successful businesses who are adapting to the opportunities as a way of helping other businesses learn how they can explore and take advantage of these opportunities. Several sessions will include natural gas industry representatives, discussing what they're looking for from local business partners and how to establish such business relationships.

The series, "Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Building Business Connections," includes four webinars at Bucknell, scheduled as follows:

  •  Wednesday, June 2, Hunt Formal, 8 to 10 a.m.; Working with Industry - Experience in Southwestern Pennsylvania;
  •  Wednesday, June 16, Hunt Formal, 8 to 10 a.m.; Working with Industry - Experience in the Northern Tier;
  • Wednesday, July 7, Elaine Langone Center, Room 217, 8 to 10 a.m.; Safety Training and Doing Business with Industry;
  •  Wednesday, July 21, Hunt Formal, 8 to 10 a.m.; Business Owners' Experience with Industry;
  •  Wednesday, Aug. 4, Hunt Formal, 8 to 10 a.m.; Business Owners' Experience with Industry;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, Olin Science Building, Room 266, 8 to 10 a.m. Barnett and Haynesville Business Owners' Experiences.
The cost of the series is $10 per session. Registration is required as seating is limited. For more information about the series or to register, contact the SBDC at

The series will include leaders from the  Penn State Cooperative Extension who will highlight successful Pennsylvania local businesses who are adapting to the opportunities, perspectives from the natural gas companies, and a panel of industry and local business partners.

Contact: Division of Communications



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