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From humble beginnings in 1979, the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) today is one of the key players in the economic development of the six counties served by the Center (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties). The Center currently employs four and has seven students working for it as well. Outreach is provided in each of the six counties in the region.
The SBDC has maintained this mission statement for many years. “The Small Business Development Center is a team of professionals enabling small businesses to start, grow and prosper by providing quality services through education, research and consultation that promotes regional economic progress.” This mission is shown in the quality of work done both with existing and prospective small business owners.
Some of the key impacts of the Center include the following. The impacts are based on data from January 1, 2000 through August 31, 2014 as reported by clients.
In 2013, the Saint Francis University SBDC was awarded the “Happy Client” award for having the highest client satisfaction rating among all the SBDCs in Pennsylvania. The Center also consistently meets or exceeds milestones established for it. The Saint Francis University SBDC has also been recognized for its use of students at the Center. It was noted as a best practice during the most recent accreditation of the Pennsylvania SBDC network.
SBDC staff also exceeds the annual professional development requirements established for staff. Every staff member obtains training in a variety of areas both in their area of expertise but in other small business areas which broadens their breadth of knowledge. Members of staff have received national certification in international trade, among other areas. The Saint Francis University SBDC looks forward to working with many other small businesses and entrepreneurs over the next thirty-five years.
The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has helped businesses in the Southern Alleghenies region start, grow and prosper for more than thirty-five years. The SBDC is one of 18 small business development centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. Our team of professional consultants works confidentially with entrepreneurs in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties to help their businesses maintain a competitive edge.
Whatever challenge faces your business, a consultant from the SBDC is ready to meet with you individually to help you launch your business, discuss your existing business plan, or help develop the strategies you need to meet your goals.
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“The SBDC worked with our plan and financial information to make sure the bank had the best information for our loan” - Dawn & Greg Harnish,Burnt Cabins Mill & Campground
We trust the SBDC and they were a great mentor during the process, helping us with every step we needed them for.” - Jason & Christa McGeary,All-American Pizza
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