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The Small Business Development Center at Shippensburg University

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Shippensburg University provides no-cost confidential consulting and low cost training to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties. We help entrepreneurs make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business. Our consulting services are offered at no-charge and your information is always confidential.


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SBDC consultants help entrepreneurs develop the planning, management, and financial skills necessary to make their business thrive. The SBDC's one-on-one management consulting emphasizes education and guidance in finding practical solutions to business problems. Consulting is confidential and provided at no charge by a staff of skilled professionals.

SBDC's one-on-one consulting services are for established businesses and pre-venture clients.

Make a request for consulting today!

The Pennsylvania SBDCs also offer services to small business owners through a number of specialized programs. These programs provide assistance in areas requiring greater depth of knowledge and experience beyond standard business management expertise.

The Pennsylvania SBDC(s) are ready to help businesses in all stages with a variety of issues.

The Small Business Development Centers offer courses, seminars and conferences that provide up-to-date, practical information on a wide variety of business topics. Programs teach basic business skills as well as more advanced and specific business management techniques and processes. These low cost workshops feature experts and leaders from industry, government, higher education, and professional associations. Workshops are typically held via webinar and can be found by visiting the PASBDC training calendar to register for a workshop. 


Shippensburg University SBDC
405 Grove Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257


Phone: (717) 477-1935
Fax: (717) 477-4010

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All services are provided by our staff of highly qualified consultants. The Shippensburg University SBDC also taps the expertise of industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and other business professionals to deliver its educational programs.

Robin Burtner, Director

Robin has a Master’s of Business Administration and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration.  Robin has been with the center since its opening in January 2007. 

Georgina Cranston, Business Consultant

Georgina earned her BA from Indiana University and her MBA from Penn State. Her career path includes working as an educator and tutor at a private boarding school, owning her own tutoring company specializing in standardized test prep and most recently running a local chamber of commerce. Her experience as an educator, small business owner and chamber executive have made her a champion for small businesses.  

Charles J. Haney, EMAP Consultant

Charles Haney has a BS in Environmental Resource Management and a MS in Environmental Science and Management. As an environmental consultant, his duties include assisting businesses with environmental compliance and energy efficiency.

Jen Horning, Business Consultant

Jen earned a BS in Marketing from Shippensburg University and a MBA from Penn State University. Jen brings a unique blend of human resources, marketing, public affairs, and business management experience from the retail, manufacturing, insurance and non-profit sectors. Her passion is to provide exceptional customer service to small businesses.

Bruce Krell, Business Consultant

Bruce earned his BA in Business Administration and MBA in Finance & International Business from the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business of Leadership at Wilkes University. Bruce most recently served as a Field Representative for a Member of the United States House of Representatives, acting as liaison to various levels of government, small businesses, and communities.

Katie Neiderer, Center Operations/Educational Programs/Budget Coordinator/Lender Relations Specialist

Katie earned her BA from Mount Saint Mary’s University and a MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Bloomsburg University. She has experience in project management, education, banking and the real estate industry. In her role, Katie is managing website content, administration and programming for educational events, budget coordination, communications, promotions and reporting for the Center.


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Shippensburg University SBDC is an accredited affiliate of the National Network of Small Business Development Centers

Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Shippensburg University. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 717-477-1935. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

Contact the SBDC at Shippensburg University Grove Hall 405 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1935
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am-4:00 pm