January 06, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host two First Step pre-business workshops in collaboration with the 2012 Venture Plan Competition.

The first is scheduled for Jan. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 217 of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell; registration deadline is Jan. 23.

The second workshop is scheduled for Jan. 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the SBDC Business Education Center, Room 207 Chamberlin Building, 434 Market St., Lewisburg; registration deadline is Jan. 29.

First steps to success
Topics to be covered in each workshop include: how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, differences among business organization structures, what is a business plan, how to obtain financing, the applications and licenses needed to start a company, and other resources to help with business planning.

These workshops are free and open to the public. After attending a First Step Workshop, participants can meet one on one with a business consultant for free and confidential business consulting.

Maureen Hauck, assistant director for business consulting with the Bucknell SBDC, will lead the workshop. 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 is free but preferred as seating is limited. To register, call 570-577-1249; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp

Venture Plan competition
The Venture Plan Competition is offered for undergraduate students to promote entrepreneurship and new ventures. Begun in 2009 at Bucknell University, the competition has awarded more than $17,000 to students creating new ventures.

Students participating in the competition must create a full written venture plan and present it to a panel of judges from a variety of backgrounds including start-ups, business strategy and venture capital. Sample business plans can be viewed at www.bucknell.edu/x8165.xml.

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

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