Small Business Development Centers to discuss clean technology

February 16, 2011

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers will host a discussion forum on clean energy technology opportunities and challenges in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Clean Technology Forum is open to the public, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa.

Coordinated by the Pennsylvania SBDC’s Clean Technology Resource Center (CTRC), located at the Penn State SBDC, the forum is designed to help equip small businesses with the information they need to start and operate a successful clean tech company, as well as educate clean tech consumers to make energy decisions that will enhance their profitability, productivity and market adaptability.

The forum will be divided into four panels including Clean Technology Services -- How to get Started, Implementing Clean Technology, Commercializing Clean Technology, and Financing. James Gambino, the keynote speaker from the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings, will discuss the Energy Innovation HUB and how this research center will provide additional resources for clean technology in Pennsylvania.

A reception and networking session will immediately follow the panel presentations. Exhibitor space is available in the reception room, providing a venue for clean tech-related businesses to showcase themselves to like-minded individuals, legislators, and potential financiers. Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

Who Should Attend:

-- Businesses interested in implementing clean technology projects at their business

-- Start-up companies entering the clean technology market

-- Companies commercializing clean technology

-- Companies interested in promoting their clean technology services

-- Organizations interested in growing the clean technology sector in Pennsylvania

For more information or to register as an attendee, visit the forum website, or call the CTRC hotline, 877-771-CTRC (2872).

More about the Pennsylvania SBDCs and CTRC
The Clean Technology Resource Center (CTRC) helps businesses develop and commercialize technology products, goods, services, and processes that use renewable energy sources. This specialized consulting service, centrally located at the Penn State SBDC, is available to all businesses in Pennsylvania looking to determine the viability of technologies, obtain financing, or introduce new technologies to market. Visit for information about our free services.

Since its inception in 1980, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has evolved into a network of 18 university-based centers and more than 100 outreach locations, operating under the guidance of the State Director located at the University of Pennsylvania. Funding support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the SBDC host institutions enables consulting services to be provided at no charge to the client. For more information on the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers’ services and impact, visit

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