Grand opening set for Penn State SBDC office in Philipsburg

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Entrepreneurs in and around Philipsburg, Pa., soon will have a new resource to start or expand their own small business.

The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a grand opening celebration at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, at the SBDC-Philipsburg Outreach Office, located at 203 N. Front St.

Trained staff will provide consulting and assistance to both existing and start-up businesses in rural Centre County. In addition, the office will conduct The First Step of Starting a Business Seminar once a quarter and others as requested.

The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays through Fridays by appointment. It is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“USDA’s funding will help us to assist small businesses and potential small businesses in the Philipsburg area,” said Heather Fennessey, director of the Penn State SBDC. “The SBDC is expanding its effort to help small businesses and assist in economic growth in the Philipsburg area, while leveraging Penn State resources such as students who are interested in helping entrepreneurs.”

Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Conklin and other local dignitaries will join Fennessey for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

For more information, call the Philipsburg Outreach Office at 814-343-6239.

Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers. The Penn State SBDC provides free business assistance to small firms and business start-ups in Centre and Mifflin counties, enabling them to compete and grow in today’s highly competitive global economy. Penn State SBDC is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated February 21, 2012