Small Business Development Center Webinars

Demonstrations, Lectures, Workshops

July 28, 2020 to August 31, 2020

SBDC Business Education Center

New Videos Demonstrate Best Practices for Re-opening Small Businesses
In collaboration with the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and local small business Creature Feature Design, the SBDC created two videos featuring ways retailers and restaurants are enacting CDC and PA Department of Health guidance to keep their employees and customers safe as they reopen.

Learn about best practices in safety in Dining and Shopping being practiced by small businesses here:
Webinar: A Practical Guide to Re-Opening Your Business
7/28 10am
This free webinar will provide a practical overview of how to open or re-open your business following a COVID-19 shutdown.

Attendees will learn:
• How to limit liability of employers when re-opening
• Reasonable steps a small business should take to meet requirements of existing guidelines, and
• Practical information on the modification of office/store, purchase of supplies and services.

Presented by Lawrence Zale of Zale Patent, Trademark, Copyright & Business Law, and a pandemic expert.
Hazard Pay Grants Now Available for Front Line Workers in Life-Sustaining Industries
Last week Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of$50 million in grant fundingto help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this reimbursement-based grant is available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Businesses may apply for grants to provide hazard pay to up to 500 employees per location, up to a maximum of $3 million in total.

Applications are due by July 31, 2020.
Graduating SBDC Student Consultants Leave Lasting Legacy on Area Small Businesses
As Bucknell University celebrated a virtual commencement ceremony this weekend, many area business owners joined in saluting the new graduates. That's because three SBDC student consultants who assisted many area small businesses were among the graduates!

The SBDC congratulates and thanks Michael Chen, (right) amanaging for sustainabilitymajor from Arcadia, CA; who served as a student business consultant for over three years, and mechanical engineeringmajors Jack Enkema (middle) of Indianapolis, IN and Galen Leaf (left) of Redwood City, CA who provided engineering design assistance for the past two-and-a-half years.

Read more about these student consultants, their SBDC experience, and their future career endeavors!
1 Million Cups Susquehanna Valley -Entrepreneurship Event
8/12 9am
1 Millions Cups educates, engages, and accelerates early-stage startups; based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and thrive when they connect and collaborate.

This interactive Zoom event features two presentations from local entrepreneurs, followed by audience engagement with the theme of "What can WE as a community do to help YOU?".

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver Presents: Business Startup Basics
8/12 10am
The SBDC's Business Startup Basics webinar will help aspiring entrepreneurs take the first step to successful business ownership.

Learn about:
• Applications and licenses needed to start a business
• Different types of business structure (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.)
• Financing options and sources of capital, presented by Heather Buttorff of M&T Bank.
• Types of insurance a new business will typically need, presented by Jared Sholley and Chris Bailey of Sholley Insurance Agency
• SBDC Services available as you start your business.

This webinar is offered at no fee through the support of M&T Bank, Fulton Bank, and Northumberland National Bank through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program and additional sponsorship of Sholley Insurance Agency.
Does Your Business Need a Website?
Apply by August 16
Bucknell students will create websites for local businesses and organizations this coming semester as a part of their Marketing and Design course.

This web design project will provide a hands-on learning experience for students while also benefiting local organizations.

Websites will be free of charge with preference given tobusinesses and organizations with greater need for a free solution.
Design Thinking Leadership Seeks Companies to Engage: Apply now!

Design Thinking Leadership
is a virtual program held at the beginning of the fall semester in August for Bucknell students interested in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Local small businesses can connect with DTL students as they solve problems and build connections with the community!
PPP Application Extended to August 8

The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

About $130 billion of $660 billion approved for the program remains eligible for businesses. Apply through a SBA lender.

Review the SBDC's PPP guidance at

 The SBDC's COVID-19 Business FAQ & Resource List includes topics such as safely reopening your business, financing, workforce issues, insurance, and more.
Small business navigating how to reopening, as well as those developing new business models, can request SBDC consulting assistance at




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1870's Studio Art Workshops by Appointment

July 2, 2020 to August 31, 2020

The 1870 Studio is pleased to announce, beginning July 12, 2020 they will be OPEN BY APPOINTMENT for art workshops. Schedule your class in Stained Glass, Fused Glass, Teacup Fairy Garden, Alcohol Ink on Primed Canvas, Jewelry Making, and Stained Glass Mosaic.

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