September 21, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the Charles H. Coder celebration of growing small businesses on Friday, Oct. 8, at  11:30 a.m. in Hunt Formal Living Room at Bucknell.

The Charles H. Coder Leadership in Entrepreneurial Innovation award will be presented at the luncheon. Speakers will include Margaret Coder, daughter of Charles Coder, and Jon Vernam, director of the SBDC, along with local legislators and small business owners.

First director of SBDC
Coder was named director of the SBDC in 1989, following his retirement from the Bucknell mechanical engineering department after 32 years, including 25 as department chair. He received the Bucknell Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1966, and the General Tasker Bliss Medal for the outstanding Engineering Professor of the Year within the United States in 1988. Coder retired as director of the SBDC in 1998.

Coder graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering, and from Bucknell with a master of science degree in mechanical engineering. He taught at the Academy of Aeronautics in New York City prior to joining the faculty at Bucknell University.

Registration required
Registration is required as seating is limited. The registration fee is $35. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail, or visit

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

Contact: Division of Communications


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