Clarion University Small Business Development Center, along with Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers, is preparing to celebrate the first SBDC day March 22.
SBDC Day is a national movement to help share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.
Since 1980, Pennsylvania SBDC has provided valuable services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. On SBDC Day, SBDCs across Pennsylvania will hold educational programs and other events to showcase the expertise available to the commonwealth's business owners.
Clarion University SBDC will participate in two outreach events at its offices at 330 North Point Dr., Clarion, including a regional financial institution and a community job and education fair, as well as two training events. Register by calling 814-393-2060.
• Leadership Styles and Effective Communication, 9 a.m. to noon, $25/person
• Learn How to Grow Your Business to $1 Million with an Advisory Board, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $30/person
"Every day the SBDC is making an impact in the commonwealth," said Pennsylvania SBDC state director Christian Conroy. "Every day, SBDCs help entrepreneurs to secure capital, start new businesses and expand sales domestically and abroad, all of which supports thousands of jobs in all 67 counties."
"The SBDC network continues to demonstrate the hard work and commitment that have helped Pennsylvania become a leader in job creation and small business growth," said Dennis Davin, secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in a proclamation issued for SBDC Day.
"We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America's small businesses," said Charles "Tee" Rowe, America's SBDC president and CEO. "SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies."
Social media will play a central role in the promotion and celebration of SBDC Day. Small businesses, partners and SBDC advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day using the hashtag #SBDCDay. On March 22, participants are encouraged to share how their local SBDC has created a difference in their life and community. SBDCs nationwide will collectively share, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will also be celebrated through public relations initiatives, campaigns and online and in-person events. Twitter users can follow @PASmallBusiness.
For a full listing of Pennsylvania SBDC events and programs, visit http://pasbdc.org/events.