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      SBDC's New Partnership

      Small Business Development Center Launches Partnership with Media Business Authority

      SBDC Director Speaks

      SBDC Director Lenin Agudo speaks at an event launching a new partnership between the center and the Media Business Authority.

      The Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently announced a new partnership with the Media Business Authority, which is designed to strengthen and retain businesses in Media, Pa.

      Under the new collaboration, the SBDC will provide one-to-one consulting services with Media businesses, at no cost, as well as provide a series of customized educational programs and seminars to help impact their bottom lines.

      The SBDC has already sent a team to visit retailers in the business district in Media, and explain their services.

      Today, it is facilitating a focus group to glean ideas from Media business owners on what kinds of workshops they would find useful. SBDC Director Lenin Agudo said he hopes to launch the workshops in April. They could include topics like how to expand a business, how to do business marketing or how to retool a business to be more profitable.

      "Through this partnership we hope to provide meaningful business development for Delaware County businesses," Agudo said.

      He spoke at an event in February that formally launched the new partnership. School of Business Administration Dean Jayati Ghosh also attended, as did business graduate students who are part of the SBDC consulting team.

      "At Widener University, we strongly emphasize engaged learning and high-impact learning," Ghosh said. "For the students, it is a very enriching experience that they cannot get from books."

      Ghosh called the new partnership a bridge between Widener and the business community. Media business owners who attended the launch event, held at the Media Borough Hall, were enthusiastic about the assistance SBDC is eager to provide. Media Business Authority Executive Director Zubair Khan said business owners were reacting positively to the opportunity to attend focus groups and share ideas for programming.

      "It's starting to get filled up with a lot of interest already," he said.

      Learn more about Widener's Small Business Development Center.


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