Secretary Davin Tours Downtown Lewisburg, Highlights Wolf Administration’s Commitment to Small Businesses

Lewisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders for a walking tour of small businesses in downtown Lewisburg, Union County, as part of Small Business Week. Secretary Davin discussed Wolf Administration initiatives like the PA Business One-Stop Shop, which help promote entrepreneurship, develop a stronger workforce, and support small business job creation.

“Downtown Lewisburg is a great example of what can be accomplished with the collective spirit of entrepreneurs and small business owners,” Secretary Davin said. “For many years, members of the community, the business sector, academia, and the commonwealth have collaborated to bring Lewisburg to where it is today. The Wolf Administration remains committed to supporting entrepreneurship, business growth, and strengthening the spirit of collaboration here in Lewisburg and across Pennsylvania.”

The PA Business One-Stop Shop was developed to address identified areas of need for entrepreneurs and small business owners across the commonwealth. It assists with planning a business, registration and permitting, hiring employees, and funding and technical assistance. The PA Business One-Stop Shop consolidates information from many agencies into one easy-to-use website. It is intended to take the guesswork out of many business operations and procedures and serves as an equalizer for any who want to start and run a business in Pennsylvania. Since its creation in February 2018, the website has assisted nearly 123,000 entrepreneurs and business owners who have visited the website to learn how to start and grow a new business.

In addition to the PA Business One-Stop Shop, DCED supports small businesses through programs like Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, which provides low-interest loan funding to small businesses, as well as through supporting partners the Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) across the commonwealth. DCED also regularly highlights successful small business and provides tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners on its PAProud Blog. Today’s tour was led by Bucknell University’s SBDC and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The first stop on the tour was the business incubator Startup Lewisburg. The incubator is located in a Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), which allows businesses to receive tax credits to encourage their growth. The tour then proceeded to several retail stores and event venues along Market street. The event also included the ribbon-cutting for A Red Wheelbarrow, a new woman-owned web design and communications firm.

“Bucknell’s Small Business Development Center has been helping businesses start, grow, and prosper in rural central Pennsylvania for over four decades, and we are proud to host this special event for National Small Business Week,” said Steven Stumbris, director of the Bucknell SBDC. “The entrepreneurs being featured in the tour highlight innovations in technology and creative expression, as well as an astute appreciation for the heritage and history of our region. I’m delighted to showcase their diversity of ideas and the vital role these small businesses play in our community.”

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to small businesses, community development and revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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