October 20, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer two workshops Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 256 of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The first, "eBay: Beyond the Basics For the Serious Seller," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The second, "eBay Stores and ProStores: Grow Your Business on eBay," will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

Seminar costs are $30 each or $60 for both, book included. Seating is limited and registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC/

Topics covered in Beyond the Basics include how to start and/or grow an eBay-based business, listings and stores, marketing your business on eBay, managing your listings, and completing a sale. Topics covered in eBay Stores and Prostores include store inventory listings, customizing your store, cross-promoting your items, understanding sales and traffic reports, promoting your store, and extending with ProStores.

Marguerite Swope will lead the seminar. She is an eBay PowerSeller, an eBay University Instructor, an eBay Education Specialist, and an eBay Trading Assistant.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. To request free business consulting services, complete the online request at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC/

Created in 1978, the Bucknell SBDC is one of the first SBDC centers in the country and serves as an educational research resource for small businesses. In addition to SBDC staff consultants, Bucknell faculty, staff and student interns assist small business owners with enhancing their knowledge of business management through individual consultations, seminars, and pre-business workshops.

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.

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.



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