Ag Center of ExcellenceThe Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) along with SBDC partners at Penn State University and The University of Scranton are excited to announce the launch of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers Agriculture Center of Excellence, a joint initiative that will help Pennsylvania agriculture businesses sustain operations and stabilize food supply chains in the wake of the pandemic.

The Center’s experienced agriculture business development specialists will:

  • Offer ongoing educational and training seminars on topics such as FSMA compliance, finance, planning and expansion, grants and federal and state financing programs, market research, social media, search engine optimization (SEO), managing cash flow, environmental assistance, and cybersecurity, among other topics related to health and safety issues concerning COVID-19.
  • Provide individual and team consulting and outreach services to producers and their supply chain partners. To begin receiving assistance, please sign up as a client of the SBDC.
  • Support for the implantation of food safety protocols that can protect their workplaces, employees and customers against potential health and safety threats, including the prevention of the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Access and apply for federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and all types of SBA, USDA and other commercial loan programs so small businesses can effectively access capital and promote sustainable agricultural operations, growth and future resiliency.

CSA FarmersTo learn more about the program, check out the recent story in Penn State News or contact Karl Binns, Agriculture Center of Excellence Coordinator.  

Funding support for this initiative was provided by the United States Small Business Administration and the CARES Act. Services are provided through support with our partners. To learn about the other PASBDC Centers of Excellence located at centers across the state visit the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers website.

To request assistance from the Agriculture Center of Excellence please click “Get Help” and “Request SBDC Assistance.

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