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      Widener SBDC Has Widespread Impact

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      Assisting Small Businesses

      The Widener SBDC and students in the School of Business Administration’s Management 451 course work together to host a ribbon-cutting event to launch SBDC client Peter Sosi’s new business, Autocare Mobile Services.

      Over just the last four years, the Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has:

      • Assisted more than 1,127 clients;
      • Provided 13,819 hours of consulting and business counseling; and
      • Helped clients start or acquire 85 businesses that created 279 new jobs.

      Furthermore, Widener SBDC clients reported to have:

      • Increased sales by $25.7 million;
      • Made $13.1 million in investments to the local economy; and
      • Supported the city of Chester as roughly 19 percent of Widener SBDC clients are from Chester.

      Widener University School of Business Administration Dean Jayati Ghosh recently touted these impressive figures at the first Widener SBDC client celebration luncheon, an initiative of the new Widener SBDC Director Lenin Agudo.

      Also during her remarks at the Dec. 6 luncheon held in Academic Center North, Ghosh celebrated the Widener SBDC for not only its outstanding customer service and support of the local economy, but also for its work with both Widener graduate and undergraduate students to provide them with real-world learning experiences. She acknowledged current Widener MBA students Shaunette Archer, Billy Morgan, '16, and Ryan O'Hara,'16, for their work as SBDC graduate assistants, roles that regularly earn them a seat at the table for client consultations.

      Undergraduate students also work with SBDC clients and do so most frequently as part of the capstone Management 451 course. Ghosh said that each year, SBA students provide more than 2,000 consulting hours to local entrepreneurs.

      "This gives the students hands-on experience that they cannot get from books," Ghosh said. "It also furthers the SBA's and Widener's commitment to working with the community."

      This semester, 12 students in Dr. Michael Rosko's Management 451 course divided into two teams to work with SBDC client Peter Sosi to help launch his new business, Autocare Mobile Services, and client Mike Eiseman to help grow his Algebra By Hand product.

      Both Sosi and Eiseman were among the eight small business owners recognized at the SBDC luncheon. Like the other SBDC clients in attendance, they expressed gratitude for the guidance and support they have received as a result of their relationship with the SBDC and Widener.


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