October 02, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer the workshop, "Starting your own small business is more affordable than you think," Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the SBDC Education Center, Room 308 of the DeWitt Building at 416 Market Street in Lewisburg.

Steve Buch, president and owner of FranNet of Philadelphia, and Candice Caruso, senior consultant with BeneTrends, will lead the workshop, which will address buying a business vs. starting a franchise, franchise myths and identiying opportunities to finance a business.

FranNet of Philadelphia is a franchise sales and consulting firm with offices in Yardley and Blue Bell, Pa. Buch advises clients on how to search for and evaluate franchise opportunities. He spent 30 years as a director and general manager for two industry-leading specialty chemical companies. Buch's business background encompasses sales, marketing, technical service, operations, and financial management.

In the financial services arena and business management since 1998, Caruso has since 2006 had the opportunity to work with thousands of business owners in opening and successfully running their business. She is FICO Pro certified and a certified Retirement Plan Professional with the American Society of Pension Professionals and actuaries.

BeneTrends specializes in full financing solutions with 30 years of experience helping business owners capitalize their business with a variety of creative financing tools. Its innovative Rainmaker Plan allows business owners to use current retirement savings tax deferred and penalty free as an investment of working capital in a company's own business.

Registration for this workshop is $10; registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/register.asp. Veterans may attend at no charge. Participants will receive a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine

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.

Co-sponsors include the Brush Valley Regional, Central Pennsylvania, Greater Susquehanna Valley, Middlecreek Valley and Perry County chambers of commerce; The Daily Item; Inc. magazine; The Standard-Journal; and Susquehanna Life magazine.

Contact: Division of Communications


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