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  • The First Steps to Small Business Success
    Tuesday, June 13 at 10:00 am

    Join us for our monthly seminar/webinar designed for people who are thinking about starting a business or who are in the early stages of starting. Our small business experts will share the key aspects of starting a business and help you determine if launching a business is right for you. The First Steps to Small Business Success is being offered as an in-person program with an online/streaming option available upon request.

    Topics covered include:

    • Business structures
    • How to assess the feasibility of your business idea
    • Legal and tax implications of owning a business
    • How to develop a business plan
    • Funding options and how to compile a bank-ready financial package
    • How to market your product or service
    • Health and safety regulations that may apply to your business
    • Where to find other resources that may help you succeed

    Sponsored by: SCORE Mentors of Central PA

    Register to receive session log-in information.

  • (On-Demand)Ag Grant Best Practices Webinar: Your Opportunity to Learn & Ask About Grant Opportunities
    Thursday, February 21 through Friday, May 31

    The Ag Center of Excellence at the PA Small Business Development Center is hosting a free, on-demand, informal grant panel discussion for new and existing agricultural entities. This is your opportunity to learn about grant opportunities in the state and learn the process for grant application that you can use to build, diversify and grow your business.

    Key Take Away:

    • Where to find grant opportunities

    • Determine if you/your operation is a good fit for a grant

    • Preparing forms & other materials necessary for application

    • Resources available to assist with application process


    Learn about grant best practices from:

    • Pennsylvania Deaprtment of Agriculture – Ag Business Development Center

    • PA Center for Beef Excellence

    • PA Center for Dairy Excellence

    • Penn State Extension

    • Chester County Economic Development Center AgConnect

    • Horizon Farm Credit

    Register to receive on-demand link.

  • (On Demand) Export Sales & Finance Workshop
    Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    When companies export products or services, long payment terms can often create working capital challenges. The upfront cost of producing, shipping, and delivering the goods can be tricky for businesses to manage. Export finance helps businesses release working capital from cross-border or domestic trade transactions that would otherwise be tied up in invoices or purchase orders (for up to 180 days). Export finance is a form of specialist trade finance that can help a business grow and sell to a larger market. 

    Organized by the Small Business Association and the PA Small Business Development Center, this is an interactive, practical workshop to assist new and existing exporters understand how to grow exports and finance sales, utilizing PA and U.S. government programs with commercial bank financing. We encourage interaction with attendees and panelist, especially using case studies and success stories to illustrate the example. The workshop will be offered in person and virtually.

Training Series
  • The Digital Marketing Blueprint: Effective Strategies for Small Business Success
    Join us for a 10-part marketing series where you'll learn everything you need to know about successfully marketing a small business. Each session consists of a 45-minute virtual component followed by a 90-minute hands-on workshop where you'll apply what you learned and walk away prepared to implement immediately. Don't miss this chance to take your marketing skills to the next level and grow your business!
    • Session Two: Establishing a Compelling Online Presence – On Demand
      • Virtual Training Date: April 19 at Noon
      • In-Person Workshops:
          • April 26 at Noon in State College
          • April 27 at 6 pm in Bellefonte
    • Session Three: Crafting a Winning Marketing Strategy – On Demand
      • Virtual Training Date: May 17 at Noon
      • In-Person Workshops:
          • May 31 at Noon in State College
          • May 31 at 6 pm in Bellefonte
    • Session Four: Developing a Small Business Social Media Strategy
      • Virtual Training Date: June 21 at Noon
      • In-Person Workshops:
        • June 28 at Noon in State College
        • June 29 at 6 pm in Bellefonte
    • Session Five: Designing Engaging Social Media Content (Registration will open soon.)
      • Virtual Training Date: July 19 at Noon
      • In-Person Workshops:
        • July 26 at Noon in State College
        • July 27 at 6 pm in Bellefonte
    • Session Six: Creating Professional Marketing Materials with Canva (Registration will open soon.)
      • Virtual Training Date: August 16 at Noon
      • In-Person Workshops:
        • August 23 at Noon in State College
        • August 24 at 6 pm in Bellefonte


    *Be on the lookout for the remaining 4 sessions in this series.

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