July 01, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center hosted a Bankers Roundtable June 16 at Bucknell University.

Speakers at the event included Jon Vernam, director, Bucknell University SBDC; Daniel Sossaman, lead lender specialist/surety, Small Business Administration; James McClure, director of finance, SEDA-COG; and Larry Seibert, regional manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Representatives from Community Banks of Milton, Susquehanna Bank, First National Bank of Marysville, Mifflinburg Bank, and Omega Bank participated in the forum for discussion of practices relevant to SBA lending and other topics of financial interest to the small business community.

Bucknell SBDC staff also attended the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers professional development conference in State College June 22-23. Jon Vernam, Maureen Hauck, Anthony Kidd, Mike Dorkoski, Judy Christ, and Shelley Gadoury participated in the event which featured presentations by Carl DeCaspers, public relations manager for New Pig Corporation, Tipton, Shel Taylor, owner of Sensational Style, Harrisburg; Ronald Sofranko, S&S Group, LLC, Pittsburgh; Ralph Elliott, Clemson University; Chuck Kormanski, Kormanski Consulting, Pittsburgh; Cheryl Johnson, The Entrepreneur's Source, Williamsport; Tammy Miller, Toastmaster and motivational speaker, State College; and Matt Coyne, VR, Philadelphia. Vernam and Christ served on the statewide steering committee to plan the conference.

With the exception of seminars, the counseling services provided by the SBDC are free. Funding is received from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Bucknell University.

In addition to SBDC staff consultants, Bucknell faculty and staff along with student interns are used to provide counseling services for small businesses.

Areas of assistance provided by the SBDC include accounting and record keeping, business startup procedures, business plan development, financial analysis, marketing and sales, human resource management, product development, OSHA requirements, and environmental management.

For information about the SBDC, call 570-577-1249 or email sbdc@bucknell.edu or check the website at www.bucknell.edu/sbdc.



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