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Feb. 19, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers assistance using Pennsylvania Material Trader, a new on-line service that makes it easy to exchange and reuse traditionally discarded materials, such as outdated inventory, used shipping containers, old computer equipment, etc.

        

According to the Pennsylvania SBDC, Material Trader is a free service designed to match businesses and organizations that produce wastes, by-products, or surplus materials with businesses and organizations that need them.

        

Denise Bechdel, Bucknell University SBDC regional environmental specialist, says, "The website http://www.materialtrader.org/ allows users to easily place materials on the exchange, as well as search for and respond to materials already listed. Participants have the option to list their materials confidentially.

"If businesses anywhere in our 19-county area have questions about Material Trader or about how to categorize or register waste materials, we can help," she said.

        

Bechdel is one of six environmental specialists located throughout the Commonwealth who provide free confidential environmental services through the Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP).

In addition to help with Material Trader, EMAP representatives offer confidential business assistance on environmental compliance, health and safety regulatory standards, pollution prevention and energy efficiency on-site assessments and environmental technology development.

        

The Small Business Development Centers are funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the private sector and their host colleges and universities. This support enables consulting services to be provided at no charge.

        

Bechdel provides help to businesses in Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Tioga and Union counties.

        

For information about Material Trader or the EMAP program, call Bechdel at 814-863-4293 or email dbechdel@bucknell.edu

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