Congressman Trent Kelly of Mississippi Acknowledges SBDC Network at Small Business Committee Hearing

At a Congressional hearing by the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations, Congressman Trent Kelly spoke about the important role of SBDCs in helping Americans to start and grow small businesses. Read more.

Josh Nadeau wins statewide award for work at Northern Maine Development Commission SBDC

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently awarded Josh Nadeau, 32, of Connor Township, a Maine Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award. Nadeau, who has spearheaded the Small Business Development Center program at the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou, said on Wednesday that he was honored to receive the award. Each day, Nadeau helps people who are trying to start their own business, expand their current business, or sell or buy a business. Read more.

Local Businesswoman Wins West Virginia Small Business Award

Kim Baker is the owner of River and Rail Bakery, a bakery and café in Heritage Station in downtown Huntington. As of March 28, she is now also the proud recipient of the 2018 West Virginia Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center awards female business owners with the award on an annual basis to women who have made deep impacts personally and financially within their community. Read more.

HADCO offers free business assistance in partnership with the West Virginia SBDC

Serving more local businesses in the Huntington area is the goal of the Huntington Area Development Council, according to HADCO President and CEO David Lieving. “We are working daily to grow and expand our existing base through our business retention and expansion program,” he said. “HADCO is building partnerships in the community with Marshall University, West Virginia Small Business Development Center, Unlimited Future Inc., Robert C. Byrd Institute and others to support the creation of new firms through entrepreneurial development.” Read more.

How an Export Readiness Assessment Can Help Prepare Your Business for International Expansion

An export readiness assessment is crucial in order for companies to test their assumptions about the potential of overseas markets. James F. Foley, director of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University, says that new-to-export companies often over-estimate sales and worry too much about cultural differences. Read more.

Auctioneer is West Virginia Young Entrepreneur of the Year

A local man is being recognized by the West Virginia Small Business Administration as the state’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Harris started Aaron Harris Auction Services 10 years ago. Harris was nominated by Susie Higgins, business coach with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. “He truly possesses an entrepreneur spirit,” she said. “… I felt he deserved to be nominated because he has had to strive for so many years,” she said. Read more.

Maryland SBDC at UMD Welcomes new State Director

The University of Maryland (UMD) has selected Paul Bardack as the State Director for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC). As its new leader, Paul will provide strategy and oversight of the SBDC, and work with the team of state-wide partners to ensure operational excellence and drive growth. Paul comes to the university from SAIC where he served as Senior Education and Training Solutions Architect. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and has held senior level positions at various federal, state, and local economic and workforce development agencies. Read more.

10 Expert Social Media Tips To Help Your Small Business Succeed

Social media can be a great way for small business owners to connect with prospects and customers. Done right, it can make sales skyrocket. “The key is to ask questions and respond to the answers,” says Adam McCloskey, Associate Director of the Florida SBDC at UWF. “A car dealer could post a picture of someone buying their first car and, sure, it’s interesting enough. But if they turn around and ask people, ‘What was your first car?’ they have a chance to get people to answer, and then they can respond. Now, to that person who answered the question, it’s not a car dealer, it’s a car dealer who knows his first car.” Read more.

West Virginia Business Beat: River and Rail Bakery owner wins small-business award

Kim Baker of River and Rail Bakery, Cafe and Catering was recognized as the West Virginia Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. “Annually the Small Business Administration recognizes businesses across the state that have excelled in several categories,” said Amber Wilson with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s Huntington office. “Kim has been recognized as a woman business owner who has continued to support the community, grow her business and contribute to the local economy.” Read more.

Business Spanish Class Partners with Illinois SBDC to Promote Latino Entrepreneurship

A partnership between Illinois Wesleyan University’s Hispanic Studies Department and the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan is helping to inspire and empower local Latino entrepreneurs. Read more.

Illinois SBDC assists Metro East Start-Up challenge winners, Pint Perfect, in pursuing business success

Josh Colclasure and Sammie Williams have been friends since childhood. They have always talked about starting a business together and finally had the chance to put their idea for bar and restaurant draft line cleaning services to the test in the Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC). The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) introduced the competition in 2014. Read more.

Pennsylvania SBDC Hosts Workshop: Clear guidelines, communication help prevent workplace harassment

Eleven local professionals learned this week how clear communication and standards can stop and prevent workplace harassment and discrimination. Welch Performance Consulting Human Resources Solutions Specialist Tina Welch led the “#TimesUp for Small Business Owners: Awareness, Policy, Training and Behavior” workshop held at the Bucknell SBDC’s Market Street office in Lewisburg. Bucknell SBDC Assistant Director for Business Consulting Maureen Hauck said the center wanted to highlight this issue due to the growing prominence of the #MeToo and
#TimesUp movements. Read more.

Wisconsin SBDC and Development foundation help bring resources to Medford entrepreneurs

Small business in the Medford area is getting a boost thanks to a partnership between the Medford Area Development Foundation and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) based out of UW-Stevens Point. On March 22, Mark Speirs, a consultant with the SBDC, spent a full day meeting with small business owners and entrepreneurs at the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more.

NY SBDC’s Harlem Local Vendors Program connects small business owners to Columbia students through food

For many students, the Blue Java Café in Uris Hall is simply a place to grab a bite to eat between classes. But for a number of Harlem small business owners, it’s something more: a place to test, refine, and distribute their products to the Columbia community. Uris’s Blue Java serves as the campus incubator for the Harlem Local Vendors Program, run by Columbia Business School’s Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center in partnership with Harlem Park to Park, Whole Foods Market, Harlem Community Development Corporation, and Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates. Read more.

California SBDC Tech Biz Center Goes Live Tuesday in Riverside

Inland Empire entrepreneurs seeking expert guidance on how to start and fund a technology based business will, beginning next week, have a resource center staffed by seasoned hands available to them in downtown Riverside. UC Riverside will open its EPIC Small Business Development Center on Tuesday at the Riverside County Business Center, 3403 10th St., providing a one-stop shop for startup hopefuls. Read more.

Trenary Home Bakery gets praise from Michigan SBDC

The Trenary Home Bakery has been named the best small business in the Upper Peninsula. The distinction comes from the Michigan Small Business Development Center or SBDC. In business since 1928, the shop offers its signature dipping toast in a variety of flavors and many more items. Read more.

RCBI and West Virginia SBDC Partner to Aid Businesses in Coal Country

The Robert C. Byrd Institute has teamed with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center to deliver nearly $50,000 in direct assistance to businesses in coal-mining communities across Southern West Virginia. Read more.

Ohio University SBDC receives regional recognition for local impact

Ohio University in Athens has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration Region V SBDC of the Year. It will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Columbus during National Small Business Week (April 29-May 5, 2018) on April 30. Read more.

Small Business Development Centers’ work celebrated

Nearly 750 businesses received assistance from Small Business Development Centers in Northeastern Minnesota last year. That total included 47 newly created businesses, 397 women-owned businesses, 43 minority-owned businesses and 49 military veteran-owned businesses, according to the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Economic Development. Read more.

West Michigan produces 20 of state’s 50 Companies to Watch

West Michigan has doubled its representation on this year’s list of the 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan. More than 70 businesses statewide, including the 2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, will be honored at the 14th-annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony on May 3 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. The event coincides with National Small Business Week, which is April 29 to May 5. The MI-SBDC is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2018. Read more.

Alabama SBDC Day

During the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award Ceremony, Governor Kay Ivey recognized the Alabama Small Business Development Center, which helped more than 3,000 small businesses last year. In the past five years, the Alabama SBDC program has helped small businesses create more than 4,800 jobs and access more than $368 million in new capital. The governor issued a proclamation, designating March 21, 2018 as “Alabama SBDC Day.” The organization has 30 professional business advisers who cover all 67 Alabama counties from 10 field offices. Read more.