SBDCs In The News

Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University SBDC BizPitch Challenges Collegians

The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep at Bucknell and at no time of the year is that more apparent than at the university’s annual Biz Pitch competition, where teams of students vie for prizes that top off at $3,000. “I’m inspired by the way in which this year’s student participants took to heart this year’s BizPitch prompt in which they were to envision the way in which their company would make a positive change in the world,” said Steve Stumbris, director of Pennsylvania’s Bucknell Small Business Development Center, the driving force of the event. Read more.

Florida SBDC Network Lends Support To Small Business Saturday

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, is proud to support Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and raising awareness of their impact on Florida’s economy. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. Read more.

Wyoming-Based Tech Company Wins International Crowdfunding Award

Laramie-based business The Local Crowd has been recognized for its contributions to the international crowdfunding industry. The University of Wyoming’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-supported company received a Crowdfundie Award at the recent Global Crowdfunding Convention in Las Vegas. Founded by Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent, The Local Crowd stands apart from other fundraising websites by not only having a community-focused approach, but also by offering educational opportunities to help campaigns succeed. “We are excited to receive this award on behalf of all The Local Crowd communities,” Wolverton says. “Our host communities have been working hard to launch this tool and bring funding to their businesses and nonprofits.” Read more.

Veteran-Owned Delivery Company Celebrates HubZone Designation In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

A veteran-owned business is celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week with a major accomplishment. Delivery company VETCOM held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of becoming the first certified HubZone designed business within the Lewisburg HubZone on Tuesday at the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center’ Startup Lewisburg suite. Read more.

Photo Studio, Bakery Open Doors And New Connections In Milton, Pennsylvania

Both Mirella’s, located at 54 S. Front Street, and PhotoWhere Photography, at 131 Broadway, had ribbon cuttings to mark new steps for their businesses. Bucknell University Small Business Development Center director Steven Stumbris said one reason why the SBDC helped organize Mirella’s and PhotoWhere’s ribbon cuttings on the same day was to highlight the interconnectivity of small businesses. Read more.

Grant To Help Business Owners Impacted By Mill Layoffs And Closings In Maine

Business owners affected by mill layoffs and closings in Jay and Madison will get help from the Maine Small Business Development Centers through a grant program designed for economically distressed areas. The $100,000 Portable Assistance Grant, funding by the U.S. Small Business Administration, will help provide training and other assistance for business owners and potential business owners in Madison and Jay. The Madison Paper Industries mill in Madison closed in March 2016; the Androscoggin Mill in Jay has laid off hundreds in the past year. Read more.

How To Ignite A Small Business Revolution In Your Community

Consultants from the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida-College of Business (Florida SBDC at UWF) helped contestants create and refine their business plans. Participants were provided one-on-one mentoring from SBDC staff. The PBC program included a series of training and development sessions on creating business plans; topics were financial projections, marketing, and marketing analysis. Read more.

SBDC-Hilo Recognized for Efforts to Promote Small Businesses In Hawaii

The East Hawai‘i Chapter of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was recently recognized by the Hawai‘i County Council for efforts to support small local businesses. On Nov. 2, the SBDC Hilo office received a certificate of recognition from the Council for their work promoting the annual nationwide “Shop Small Business” campaign on Hawai‘i Island. Read more.

SBDC Helps Business Owners Apply For Disaster Loans In Texas

Before Mark Martinez reached out to George Gomez, Gomez didn’t know he could get disaster help from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Gomez said he was shocked in a positive way when Martinez, an adviser with the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center, contacted him to let him know help was available. Read more.

Connecticut SBDC, School of Business Address Chinese Business Delegation

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) and the UConn School of Business addressed a business delegation from China. The delegation, representing 22 of the country’s largest industry sectors, learned about the approaches and services used by CTSBDC to assist the state’s small businesses, as well as the educational programs and resources offered by the business school. Read more.

Watertown, South Dakota SBDC Helps Healthcare Business Relocate And Expand

Karen Peschong moved and expanded her healthcare business a year ago, and customer activity is starting to pick up. Peschong owns and operates Ridge Runner Health Retreat LLC, which specializes in natural health alternatives. Belinda Engelhart, regional director at the South Dakota Small Business Development Center office in Watertown, assisted Peschong with the initial move. “Belinda helped me with the paperwork and the business plan to get a loan from the Grant County Development Corporation,” Peschong said. “Her help has been invaluable.” Read more.

West Virginia SBDC 35th Anniversary Featured On The Gary Bowden Radio Show

The WV Small Business Development Center is celebrating 35 years of helping entrepreneurs grow their operations. We began the show this morning talking with WV SBDC Coach and Center Manager Marsa Myers, and we were joined by one of the business owners she has worked with. Listen to the interview.

La Grange, Texas Businesses Still Recovering From Harvey Get Help From SBDC Business Adviser

Businesses in Fayette County are still struggling to reopen two months after Hurricane Harvey brought the worst flooding the city of La Grange has seen in more than a century. “It’s really starting over from scratch,” said Bill Thompson, an adviser with the Small Business Development Center at Texas State University. Thompson was in La Grange to meet with owners and drop by companies that were affected by Harvey. Read more.

New Businesses Increased In Wyoming County, WV With Help From The SBDC

Since Jan. 1, Wyoming County has seen 39 new businesses licensed, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. “A 1.59 percent increase was the third highest in the state of West Virginia and a significant monthly growth for Wyoming County,” explained Christy Laxton, Wyoming County Economic Development Authority executive director. “Additional services, like those that the Wyoming County EDA and the WVSBDC offer, are allowing more and more individuals to live their dream of becoming an entrepreneur in West Virginia,” Laxton said. Read more.

Millennials Are Shaking Up These 7 Industries

Millennials tend to be more entrepreneurial than previous generations, studies suggest. And some have already created businesses that are shaking up age-old industries. According to Jason Dorsey, president and cofounder of the Center for research firm Generational Kinetics, Millennials have the confidence to take on bigger companies because they’ve grown up with easy access to information. Read more.

U.S. State Department, America’s SBDC, and Other Partners Name Finalists for 2017 Cohort of the La Idea Incubator Program

The US State Department, America’s SBDC and other partners announced the 2017 La Idea Incubator Program Manufacturing Cohort Finalists. Funded and initiated by the United States Department of State, the La Idea Incubator Program is a powerful initiative focused on strengthening entrepreneurship and job creation across Central America. The La Idea Incubator Program especially encourages trade and commerce between Central America and the United States. Read more.

WV SBDC Celebrates 35 Years of Service to State’s Small Businesses

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) celebrated its 35th anniversary Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The event was attended by the WV SBDC Advisory Board, business coaches, elected officials and business leaders from around the state. Read more.