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Widener’s Small Business Development Center moves to campus

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The Widener University Small Business Development Center is moving to the Leslie C. Quick Center.

Chester, Pa. – The Widener University Small Business Development Center is moving its main offices to the Leslie C. Quick Center at 1304 Walnut St. The move, effective Aug. 1, enhances the ability for the Widener SBDC to further engage with the campus and local business community.

"This move is just one more step toward serving Delaware County's entrepreneurs and working with our university students for the betterment of our region," said Lenin Agudo, director of the Widener SBDC. "I am excited for the connections that will come from the Widener campus being our new home."

The Widener SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the 18 colleges and universities across the commonwealth that host the centers.

Since opening in 2007, the Widener SBDC has provided one-on-one consulting services and educational programs and seminars to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in southeastern Pennsylvania.

In 2015, the Widener SBDC provided 3,139 hours of consulting services. It received a 90 percent satisfaction rate working with 302 clients in the Delaware County community. From these consulting hours, the SBDC was able to increase client sales by $2.6 million and secure $3.5 million in investments. A total of 105 jobs were created, added and retained because of these successes.

Widener University's School of Business Administration Dean Jayati Ghosh noted that the move will benefit both the Delaware County and Widener University communities.

"We are so pleased to have the Widener SBDC with us under one roof," Ghosh said. "The SBDC is an asset to the School of Business Administration. SBDC connects university students with local businesses, offering experiential learning opportunities for the students and creating valuable connections to the region."

For more information about Widener SBDC or to schedule a consultation, visit http://www.widenersbdc.org/.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/