SU SBDC receives Small Business Association award
University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been selected to
receive the 2017 U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Pennsylvania Small
Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award. The award winner is selected
annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties.
wonderful to have the privilege to recognize the achievements of stellar small
business resource partners like Shippensburg University’s SBDC,” said Antonio
Leta, director of the U.S. SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District.
The SU SBDC provides no-cost confidential consulting and
low cost training to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in
Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties. The SU SBDC is part of a statewide
network of colleges and university centers which, is a joint venture of
federal, state and private sector agencies and organizations including the US
Small Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Community
& Economic Development.
“Ship’s SBDC has been a critical resource in the
community for ten years. Last year they helped 41 companies get started, which
resulted in 200 jobs. We are thankful for everything they’ve done for the
economy of Pennsylvania,” said Christian Conroy, state director of Pennsylvania
Small Business Development Centers.
to providing resources for area entrepreneurs, the SBDC offers hands-on
learning to students as part of a unique entrepreneurial eco-system in the
Grove College of Business, that includes the Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading
Room and the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
directly addresses all three of Ship’s strategic directions. I applaud the center
for the their excellence and innovation, its role in providing distinctive
opportunities for student learning and engagement and most of all for how well
they have excelled at community and regional collaboration through robust client
services and documented economic impact,” said Dr. Barbara Lyman, interim
president of Shippensburg University.
“While it is a great honor for our SBDC team to win this
SBA award in recognition of their talent, dedication, and passion – it’s even
greater honor to see the impact of our work in the community: the entrepreneurs
we helped to achieve their dream of starting their own businesses in just the
past year,” said Dr. Michael Unruh, director of the Shippensburg University
Small Business Development Center.
The center will be presented their award during an SBA
awards dinner on May 24.