March 23, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host two seminars March 28 in the Slifer Room of the Country Cupboard on Route 15 North in Lewisburg.

The first, "Doing Business with the Pennsylvania Government," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, led by Curtis Burwell of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services and the Bureau of Contract Administration and Business Development.

Burwell will discuss how small-business owners can obtain contracts for their services from the government as well as how to become MBE/WBE-certified (minority business enterprise/women's business enterprise).

The second, "Doing Business with the Federal Bureau of Government (Bureau of Prisons)," will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bill Gensel, supervisor and contract specialist, and Norm Showers, lead contract specialist with FCC Allenwood, will discuss contracting with the Federal Government Bureau of Prisons.

The seminars are co-sponsored by SEDA-Cog, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, DCED, and PASBDC.

These seminars are free to registered participants. Seating is limited. Reservations are required; call 577-1249, email, or online at

A continental breakfast (included) will be available at 8:30 a.m. and a networking buffet luncheon will be available at noon.

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

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.


Story posted March 22, 2006


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