February 13, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University and SEDA-COG will offer two seminars in the SBDC Education Center, Room 207 of the Chamberlin Building, located at the corner of Fifth and Market streets in Lewisburg.

The seminar, "Introduction to Exporting," will be held Thursday, March 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost for this seminar is $30. Seating is limited and registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC

Barbara Woodson, director of the SEDA-COG export development program, and George Schuman, senior analyst of the SEDA-COG export development program, will lead the discussion of getting started, getting paid, common mistakes, and state-sponsored events.

SEDA-COG export development program services include market research, trade leads, Pennsylvania's 16 overseas trade representatives, export financing, international buyer delegations, trade shows, state led trade missions, packaging, shipping and logistics, documentation, product classification, foreign customs, foreign traditions, foreign cultures, international regulations, international duties, international tariffs, and payment methods. For more information, see http://www.seda-cog.org/export/

The seminar, "OSHA's Knocking: Are You Ready?" will be held Thursday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the seminar is $30. Seating is limited and registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC

The March 9 seminar will be led by an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance specialist, who will discuss the most frequently cited OSHA standards for small businesses, how to prepare for an OSHA inspection, the responsibilities of a small-business owner, and how to avoid fines.

Created in 1978, the Bucknell SBDC 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.

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/

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