Kutztown University Small Business Development Center Accepts $25,000 Donation for Nascent Entrepreneurs

The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center received a $25,000 donation from BB&T Bank to better serve nascent entrepreneurs on Friday at a press briefing in the Old Main Concourse at Kutztown University.

The donation was presented by David Roland, president of BB&T Berks County/Northern Montgomery County Market, and Betsy Reeder, senior vice president and regional business banking manager of BB&T.

“We are proud to provide community leadership at this level and play a role in the future health and prosperity of Berks County,” Roland said. “Our donation to Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center is part of our BB&T Economic Growth Fund.”

In conjunction with the BB&T/National Penn merger, $2.5 million was entrusted to the Berks County Community Foundation to establish a BB&T Economic Growth Fund. To date, the BB&T Economic Growth Fund has awarded a total of $2,392,000.

The donation was presented to the KUSBDC for the work the center has done in Berks County and will be used to better serve nascent entrepreneurs throughout the county. The SBDC aims to improve economic development by providing the appropriate educational resources to both entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business and small business owners who are looking for assistance and learning opportunities.

Currently, the KUSBDC has 201 active clients in Berks County.

“BB&T has shown continuous support for our organizations and the work we do to offer free consulting services and workshops to existing businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs,” Dr. Ernie Post, director of the KUSBDC, said. “This grant will have impact on Berks County as it will aid in providing the proper education and guidance needed to assist nascent entrepreneurs.”

Small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs. In the U.S., existing small businesses comprise 99 percent of all employer firms, employ nearly half of the workforce and account for more than 60 percent of the private sector’s net new jobs.

The KUSBDC is part of a state-wide network of colleges and university centers, which is a joint venture of federal, state and private sector agencies and organizations including the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. As of July 2018, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center is hosted by Kutztown University.

For more information on the PA-SBDC visit http://www.pasbdc.org.

For more information on the KU-SBDC visit www.kutztown.edu/SBDC.

Customers Bank announces support for Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center

Customers Bank announces support for Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center

KUTZTOWN – Customers Bank congratulates Kutztown University on being named the new lead center for the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center network.

Recently, it was announced that Kutztown University was selected as the new lead center for the PASBDC network from a pool of five applicants. For the past 37 years, the lead center for the network was located at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

“This is a great honor for Kutztown University’s SBDC,” said Richard “Dick” Ehst, president and COO of Customers Bank. “Customers Bank has worked with the Kutztown University SBDC since the bank’s founding in 2009 and we know first-hand the high-quality of service and professionalism the center provides to its clients.”

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KU’s PASBDC signs Cooperation Agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Russell Redding, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; and Ernie Post, Director of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center.

KU’s PASBDC signs Cooperation Agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers at Kutztown University signed a cooperation agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

The cooperation agreement was signed Wednesday by Russell Redding, secretary of the PDA, and Ernie Post, director of the PASBDC.

Wednesday’s agreement is designed to further shared goals of economic impact and rural development by supporting agribusinesses by connecting employers with consulting resources, providing assistance as needed in business planning and financial analysis, sharing printed and online research resources to benefit PA companies, and cross-training of staff at professional development and industry conferences, among other initiatives.

Redding agrees to serve on the PASBDC Advisory Board and may appoint Ernie Post, director of the PASBDC, to an advisory board as appropriate.

The Secretary of the PDA and Director of the PASBDC or their designee(s) will meet quarterly to implement these initiatives by reviewing the status of PDA-PASBDC cooperation, new programs and initiatives, and any issues frustrating cooperation. Both parties will summarize the status of cooperation in writing once a year beginning at the end of the calendar year of 2019.

For more information on the Kutztown University office of the SBDC, please contact sbdc@kutztown.edu.

Reading Public Library to feature entrepreneurial workshop presentations

Reading Public Library to feature entrepreneurial workshop presentations

Reading – At noon Monday, Oct. 15, Reading Public Library will present a program featuring the business ideas of 12 aspiring entrepreneurs who have completed an intensive course on basic business preparation.

The public is invited to hear future Latino businesspeople present their visions for new ventures in the city of Reading; people interested in investing in local startups are encouraged to attend.

The business training course, created by Reading Public Library in partnership with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, was designed to empower and build leadership skills in Latinos as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Yamil Sanchez Rivera, vice president of Community Impact for United Way of Berks County, will present words of advice and encouragement.

The event will be held at Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St. Refreshments will be provided; registration is not required.

For more information, contact Daniel Egusquiza, Reading Public Library outreach coordinator, at 610.478.8977 or outreachrpl@gmail.com.

Central Penn and Susquehanna Valley Federal Credit Union join forces

Central Penn and Susquehanna Valley Federal Credit Union join forces

Susquehanna Valley Federal Credit Union employees are now eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Central Penn College, thanks to a new Corporate/Community Partnership program.

Pictured right are Central Penn College Community Outreach Coordinator Curtis Voelker, SVFCU Marketing Director MaryKate Greenfield and SVFCU President/CEO Eric Lundvall at the credit union’s headquarters in Camp Hill.

Students Participate in AMA at Alvernia University

Students Participate in AMA at Alvernia University

READING – The following students participated in the American Marketing Association at Alvernia University during 2017-18.

  • Adalberto Burgos of Reading was named a member while studying Marketing at Avernia. Burgos is a graduate of Reading Senior High School
  • Annie Chonta of Reading was named a member while studying Economics at Avernia. Chonta is a graduate of Reading Senior High School
  • Ashlynn Danner of Birdsboro was named a member while studying Marketing at Avernia. Danner is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School
  • Datnilza Metz of Reading was named a member while studying Business Management at Avernia. Metz is a graduate of Reading Senior High School
  • Andrew Simmons of Reading was named a member while studying Business Management at Avernia. Simmons is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School
  • Julian Stetzler of Reading was named an officer while studying Mathematics at Avernia. Stetzler is a graduate of Wilson High School
  • Michael Zappone of Sinking Spring was named a member while studying Business Management at Avernia. Zappone is a graduate of Wilson High School

The American Marketing Association is one of the largest marketing associations in the world, with over 30,000 members who work, teach and study in the field. Members gain access to a vast body of marketing knowledge, high-quality training programs, the latest tools and tactics, exposure to leading-edge thinking, and opportunities to interact with marketing peers around the world.

ICYMI: Central Penn plans Business Partner of the Year breakfast June 5

Central Penn announces Business Partner of the Year breakfast

Central Penn College will host its annual Business Partner of the Year breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Conference Center at Central Penn College.

Keynote Speaker will be Amanda King, President, Operam HR; she will be speaking on “Everyone Impacts Culture.”

This is the 14th year for the event, which recognizes a local company for going above and beyond in partnering with its Career Services department.

Local businesspeople and community members are invited to attend; to register, visit  centralpenn.edu/bpoy.

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast/Networking

9:15 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks

9:20 a.m. – Keynote Speaker Amanda King

9:50 a.m. – Town Hall Meeting

10:15 a.m. – Presentation of the Business Partner of the Year

Kutztown University Small Business Development Center assists Salt Lounge towards grand opening

Kutztown University Small Business Development Center assists Salt Lounge towards grand opening

WYOMISSING – The Salt Lounge along with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center will present a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, taking place at 4 Wellington Boulevard, Wyomissing. The Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Ribbon Cutting taking place at 2 p.m. Please join us and experience a new and valuable service coming to Wyomissing. Rachel has created a meaningful service that, in turn, creates a more healthy and connected community.

Rachel Eskin has spent nine years in the beauty industry, in which she has spent the last two years working as Director of Sales for Trubeauty Concepts. Rachel has always been attracted to the idea of providing a service for her community, and felt that the wellness industry is a perfect fit for her personality. The Salt Lounge is a new and unique service that is uncommon to the Berks County area.

The Grand Opening will be open to the public and is a family community event. Please stop by and experience what The Salt Lounge has to offer, and why it is a perfect fit for the community.

The Salt Lounge was founded in 2017, and is located at 4 Wellington Boulevard, Wyomissing PA. This business will allow its customers to experience a health and wellness facility unlike no other. For more information on The Salt Lounge, please call (610) 698-8375, or visit their website at www.thesaltlounge.net.

Jamie Weisberg of Sinking Spring attends 91st Club Managers Association of America World Conference

Ten students in the Widener University School of Business Administration’s Center for Hospitality Management traveled to San Francisco from March 2 through 6.

Jamie Weisberg of Sinking Spring attends 91st Club Managers Association of America World Conference

CHESTER – Jamie Weisberg of Sinking Spring was one of 10 students in the Widener University School of Business Administration’s Center for Hospitality Management who traveled to San Francisco from March 2 through 6 for the 91st Club Managers Association of America World Conference.

The students, accompanied by Associate Professor Joy Dickerson, joined club management professionals from the U.S. and around the world for the industry’s largest annual gathering.

The event drew approximately 300 students and more than 2,000 club managers for five days of networking and education, as well as learning about the latest innovations and trends in the industry.

Weisberg is a senior hospitality management major at Widener.

Kutztown University to Host Annual Entrepreneurial Leadership Week

Kutztown University to Host Annual Entrepreneurial Leadership Week

Kutztown University will host its annual Entrepreneurial Leadership Week Tuesday, March 27, through Thursday, March 29. The event is sponsored by KU’s College of Business in collaboration with the university’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The event is a celebration of student innovators who want to change the world, bring a creative new idea to life or launch a new business. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required at the links below unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, March 27

Think like an Entrepreneur
11 a.m.
Academic Forum, Room 200
John Weidenhammer – Keynote Speaker

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