December 08, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a 12-session "NxLevel Entrepreneurs Workshop" beginning Jan. 23.

The workshop will be held Mondays from 8 to 11 a.m. in the SBDC Business Education Center (Fifth and Market streets in Lewisburg) from Jan. 23 through April 10.

Designed to encourage business start-ups and expansion, the NxLevel course focuses on teaching the art of better business practices while producing a comprehensive business plan to guide business expansion decisions and activities.

The cost for this course is $150, which includes comprehensive text/workbooks, all class handouts and refreshments. Course graduates will receive a certificate of participation or completion.

Registration is required by Jan. 10. To register, call Maureen Hauck, assistant director of business consulting with the SBDC, at 570-577-1249; email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC/

Topics include: introduction, overview and entrepreneurship; planning and research: entrepreneurial essentials; organizational matters; marketing `behind the scenes;' marketing `on stage' strategies and tactics; financial overview; managing your money; understanding and using your financial statement; financing your business; the deal-making process; and your business future.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, 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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Posted Dec. 8, 2005

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