September 24, 2012

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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. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in Hunt Hall at Bucknell.

Members of the business community, partners of the SBDC, and University officials will be among the expected guests.

Attendees will hear the latest updates on current and upcoming initiatives sparking the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation at Bucknell and in the community.

Two awards will be presented. The Charles H. Coder Leadership in Entrepreneurial Innovation Award recognizes an individual's support of the growth of small business in Pennsylvania. The inaugural Bucknell SBDC Small Business Person of the Year Award will be presented in recognition of sustained business success and an ongoing commitment to economic prosperity in central Pennsylvania.

"The SBDC at Bucknell has a rich tradition of helping innovators and entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality, and we are very pleased to celebrate their success," said Steven Stumbris, SBDC director.

As seating is limited, registration by Oct. 2 is required. The registration fee is $15. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail, or visit

Charles H. Coder served as director of the SBDC from 1989 to 1998, following his retirement from the Bucknell mechanical engineering department after 32 years. He was honored with Bucknell's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1966, and the Tasker Bliss Medal for excellence in education and student mentorship from the Society of American Military Engineers in 1988.

The Bucknell SBDC has been helping businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper for more than 30 years in Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. SBDC consultants are available to assist business owners who are just getting started investigating a business model, developing a business plan and need some coaching, or are seeking to reinvent, innovate, and grow an existing business.

The SBDC was the first in the nation to be hosted by a college of engineering and provides Engineering Development Services, such as product development assistance, throughout the Pennsylvania SBDC network.

Contact: Division of Communications

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