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Small Business Development Center announces interns and scholarship recipients

October 18, 2012

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to announce the fall 2012 Excellence through Community Service Entrepreneurship and Leadership (EXCEL) Program and Students for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) Scholarship recipients, as well as the new graduate assistant.



The EXCEL Program and the SEED Scholarships are professional internships designed to enhance business students’ learning opportunities. In their role at the SBDC, the students work with SBDC consultants and staff to assist small business clients in the local area. The knowledge and experience they will obtain working at the SBDC has the potential to springboard them into higher paying careers and will help them build a competitive resume prior to graduating.

Meet the fall 2012 EXCEL and SEED interns and graduate assistant

Dan Hines

Dan Hines is a senior marketing major from Munster, PA. In addition to his internship at the SBDC, Dan has taken on the position of advertising director for the Saint Francis Troubadour. Dan is also very involved with his family-owned home and farm equipment business in Pennsylvania.

Mitchell Frederick

Mitchell Frederick is a junior accounting major from Roaring Spring, PA. Mitch attended Central High School, has a 3.667 GPA and is a member of the Saint Francis Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Club.

Kayla Lane

Kayla Lane is a junior from Saxton, PA, majoring in marketing and management. Kayla is in the Honors Department and is also a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma.

Christopher Jimenez

Christopher Jimenez is a sophomore management major from Bayside, Queens, NY. In addition to his internship at the SBDC, Chris keeps busy as an athlete on the Saint Francis men’s tennis team.

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson is a sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is majoring in accounting and finance. Lauren is on the Saint Francis women’s bowling team and is also a member of SIFE.

Kilee Bomgardner

Kilee Bomgardner is a freshman from Hershey, PA, majoring in finance and international business. Kilee recently joined SIFE and the investment club and is also a member of the Saint Francis cheerleading team.

Erin Cashdollar

Erin Cashdollar is a freshman accounting major from Saxonburg, PA. Erin is a member of SIFE, the history club, the American Sign Language (ASL) club, and the society of economic analysis. Erin attended Knoch High School and is the Colorguard Flag Captain of the Saint Francis marching band.

Samantha Link

Samantha Link is from Ebensburg, PA and received her undergraduate degree in Marketing at Penn State Altoona. She is a member of SHRM and is currently studying to obtain her master degree in human resource management.