|Natalie Olson-Urtecho, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, presents the SBDC Annual Impact Award to Clarion University SBDC director Dr. Kevin J. Roth.|
The U.S. Small Business Administration Western Pennsylvania District Office presented the Clarion University Small Business Development Center with the 2012 Small Business Development Center Annual Impact Award. The award was given for the center's outstanding service to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The annual award is presented to the small business development center that provides excellence in service to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region.
Natalie Olson-Urtecho, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, presented the award to the Clarion University SBDC at the April 2013 Quality Circle Conference in Seven Springs. Accepting the award on behalf of the Clarion University SBDC was director Dr. Kevin J. Roth.
"Clarion University SBDC has once again shown the positive impact it has on inspiring entrepreneurship in its 10-county footprint,” said Western Pennsylvania SBA district director Carl Knoblock. “Small businesses not only provide employment opportunities, but proprietors often will share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community, creating a win-win situation.”
In 2012, Clarion University SBDC provided more than 9,700 hours of one-on-one consulting to 644 clients. The SBDC assisted 79 clients with securing financing for projects totaling almost $9,000,000, and a total of 76 clients started businesses. In addition, the SBDC provided more than 6,300 hours of training to 1,513 individuals at 94 events.
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