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Jan. 26, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer the seminar, "Business Compliance," Monday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The cost for this seminar is $20; a networking lunch is included. Registration is required: call 570-577-1249, email, or online at

Robert Needham, associate professor of management at Bucknell, will conduct the seminar. Topics will include tax compliance (federal, state and local, self-employment, sales), employee compliance issues (W-4, workers compensation), proper employee interviewing techniques, work-place safety compliance, potential environment hazards and compliance with state and federal statutes, and information resources including reporting forms and schedules.

Needham, who holds his degrees from Duquesne and Youngstown, is a Certified Public Accountant. His teaching experience includes accounting foundations, tax accounting and small business management.

The Small Business Development Center provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder and Union Counties. 

Created in 1978, the Bucknell SBDC has assisted in creating or retaining nearly 3,000 jobs and helping nearly 4,700 clients. With the exception of seminars, 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.

Located in the Dana Engineering Building, the SBDC serves as an educational research resource for small businesses. Assistance is provided to small business owners to enhance their knowledge of business management through individual consultations, seminars and pre-business workshops. Assistance also is available to help small businesses obtain data and analysis that are generally unobtainable to them on their own.

In addition to SBDC staff consultants, Bucknell faculty, staff and student interns provide counseling services for small businesses. Areas of assistance provided by the SBDC include: accounting and record keeping; business startup procedures; business plan development; e-commerce; financial analysis; human resources; marketing and sales; product development; OSHA requirements; and environmental management.


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