By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a First Step pre-business workshop Wednesday, April 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brush Valley Chamber of Commerce, located at 2 E. Arch St. in Shamokin.
This workshop is free, sponsored by the 1st Columbia Bank & Trust. Registration is required by Monday, April 1, as seating is limited. To register online, visit http://www.bucknell.edu/sbdcevents; call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; or email SBDC@bucknell.edu.
Topics to be covered include: how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, differences among business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, the applications and licenses needed to start a company, how to market a product or service, and other resources to help with business planning.
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.
After attending a First Step Workshop, participants can meet with an SBDC business consultant for free and confidential business consulting.
Future First Step workshops will be held throughout the year. The series continues May 15 at Service 1st Credit Union in Danville; Aug. 28 at the SBDC Business Education Center; Sept. 30 at Service 1st Credit Union in Danville; and Nov. 6 at Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce in Shamokin Dam.
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 Business Life magazine.
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