National Small Business Week

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Small Business is big here in the Greater Susquehanna Valley.  With 85% of our members employing 50 or less people, your Chamber literally runs thanks to small businesses.  These businesses embrace their Chamber for lots of different reasons.

On one hand a start-up small business might be mostly interested in promoting their name and getting fellow Chamber members to think about getting their good and services from a nearby business.  Nearly every weekday morning, I hear Mark Lawrence, host of WKOK’s On The Mark radio program, espousing the virtues of buying local.  Based on the research that Mark has conducted over the years, he suggests that a local dollar, spent at a local business will circulate no less than seven times before it gets diverted to some far-off place.

Your Chamber closely partners with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell.  This is a natural connection between two organizations who find it mutually beneficial to promote each other and to co-host training classes and other outreach activities.

This week, your Chamber and Bucknell's SBDC is joining up with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Pennsylvania's Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) to mark National Small Business Week.   Together, these organizations recognize the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners, who work every day to create 21st Century jobs, drive innovation, increase America’s global competitiveness and employ many of our neighbors.

A friendly reminder that two weeks from today, on May 20th, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 98th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.  We will be at Susquehanna University again this year and we’re expecting a big crowd.  Please register today at
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