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Jan. 26, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University hosted two groups recently.

Education Programming coordinators with the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers met Jan. 14 at Bucknell to discuss entrepreneurial and growing business seminar topics, presenters, marketing, evaluations, and needs analyses.

Universities were represented by Judy Christ, Bucknell; Marcia Seidle and Juanice Vega, Clarion; Kristine Meeker, Lock Haven; Marnie Deibler, Penn State; Gretchen Kukuchka, Scranton; and Dorothy Lane, Wilkes.

Each coordinator presented their seminar course list to comply with the state director's basic business skills education program initiative. Seminars will be conducted bi-annually in the areas of business management and operations, recordkeeping, finance, marketing and sales, accounting and taxes, human resources, and legal issues.

Linda Sterling, executive director of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, addressed the group and recommended that all SBDC education programming coordinators include their Main Street organizations in their planning and marketing. She outlined projects coordinated between the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and the Bucknell SBDC including the Mystery Shopping Project and the Visual Merchandising conference.

Future events planned by the SBDCs include bankers roundtables, legislative aid events and awards ceremonies. The group will meet in April at Penn State to discuss marketing seminar programs, increasing co-sponsorships, and increasing seminar attendance.

Two groups of students from Northumberland Schools attended the "Writing Your Business Plan" workshop Jan. 21 at Bucknell. They were accounting students from Northumberland Christian School with their instructor, Paul Dubendorf, and students from Northumberland County Vo-tech with their instructor, Vic Yarsky.

More than 40 small business owners, students and entrepreneurs attended the seminar. Maureen Hauck, assistant director of the Bucknell SBDC, presented the workshop to show attendees how to draft a business plan; why a business plan is important; and how to research their industries. With the SBDC for four years, Hauck has 25 years' experience in the retail industry and holds degrees in education and accounting.

For more information about the Bucknell SBDC, call 570-577-1249 or visit the website at

The Bucknell SBDC is partially funded under Cooperative Agreement Number 4-603001-Z-0040.23 by the US Small Business Administration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and Bucknell University. All programs and services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.


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