faq icon About The Clarion University SBDC

The mission of the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to grow the economy of western Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.

Since its inception in 1980, the Clarion University SBDC has consulted with thousands of pre-venture and existing business clients in its 10-county region. This region in Pennsylvania includes the following counties: Armstrong, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Venango. 

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Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration; by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development; and in part through support from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and other sources. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling (814) 393-2060. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

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The Clarion University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. The Clarion University SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one engagements to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more.  The Clarion University SBDC works with a wide range of public and private organizations to allow for cross referral of clients and cooperative consultation services and training programs for the varied needs of the entrepreneurs. Because of this, the Clarion University SBDC is able to provide a variety of consulting, research, and training services. Click here to sign up as a client and start receiving help from our consultants.

The Clarion University Small Business Development Center has helped many entrepreneurs to expand their existing business or launch successful new business ventures. Learn more about just a few of Clarion University SBDC's client successes by reading their stories.

Clarion University Small Business Development Center
122 Carrier Hall
Clarion University
Clarion PA 16214-3873
Phone: (814) 393-2060
Fax: (814) 393-2636
Email: sbdc@clarion.edu
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Hours of Operation: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm | Monday through Friday (Working remotely until further notice)

Clarion University SBDC Staff

Cindy Nellis, Director (cnellis@clarion.edu)

Cindy Nellis, Director of the Clarion University SBDC

Cindy has been with the Clarion University SBDC since September 1996. Cindy is responsible for overseeing and directing the assignment and coordination of the SBDC staff and its operations. In addition, Cindy provides confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners and developing and instructing educational programs for the SBDC.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Cindy worked in the banking industry for 10 years. She graduated from The Ohio State University. Cindy's office is located at the Clarion University SBDC main office.


Amy Keth, Assistant Director (amketh@clarion.edu)

Amy Keth, Assistant Director of Clarion University SBDCAmy has been a business consultant with the Clarion University SBDC since July 2004. The counties that she serves include Forest, Jefferson, and Venango providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners. In addition, she instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Amy worked in the banking industry. She also has experience as a tax-preparer. She is a Clarion University graduate.

Amy meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within Forest, Jefferson, and Venango counties.


Aleshia Marshall (amarshall@clarion.edu)

Aleshia Marshall, Business Outreach Consultant at the Clarion University SBDCAleshia has been a business consultant with the Clarion University SBDC since November 2017. The counties that she serves include Elk and McKean providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners. In addition, she instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC. Aleshia specializes in preparing comprehensive business plans that include financial forecasts, as well as providing general management assistance.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Aleshia worked in the private sector as an account representative at a machine company. She also has retail experience and is a former intern at the Clarion SBDC. She is a Clarion University graduate.

Aleshia meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office, via Zoom and at outreach locations within Elk, McKean, and Potter counties. 


 Corry Riley (criley@clarion.edu)

Corry Riley, Business Outreach Consultant at the Clarion University SBDCCorry Riley graduated from Clarion University and began working at the Clarion SBDC as a consultant in May of 2005. Corry serves Cameron and Clearfield counties, providing free, confidential one-on-one business consulting to current or prospective small business owners. He also provides assistance with research, marketing, employee handbooks, QuickBooks accounting software, and general management assistance. Corry instructs educational programs and seminars for the SBDC, including the popular QuickBooks seminars. Corry is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. 

Corry meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within Cameron and Clearfield counties.


Jason Strohm (jstrohm@clarion.edu)

Jason Stohm, Business Outreach Consultant & Computer/Business Analyst at the Clarion University SBDC

Jason Strohm is a business consultant at the SBDC. He joined the Clarion University SBDC in October of 2017. He serves Jefferson and Armstrong counties, providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners. He also provides research, marketing, and general business consulting. Jason is a graduate of Clarion University. He has started and overseen multiple businesses of his own.  He also has experience in web and graphic design, communications, marketing, and teaching.

Jason meets with clients at the Clarion University SBDC main office and at outreach locations within Jefferson and Armstrong counties.


Jeanne Best (jbest@clarion.edu)

Jeanne Best, Marketing & Training Coordinator at the Clarion University SBDC

Jeanne Best joined the Clarion University SBDC in January 2018. Jeanne is responsible for coordination of training events and marketing them in all ten counties served by the SBDC. She also facilitates, teaches and does follow-up reporting for workshops, classes and other training events.

Jeanne has over 20 years of experience in many areas of business, including: management, operations, marketing, sales, customer service, human resources, and finance.  She has worked in numerous industries, such as:  marketing, education, health care, philanthropy and technology.  Jeanne is an entrepreneur by nature and strives to help others start their own successful businesses. 


Di Smith, Assistant Budget Director (dismith@clarion.edu)

Di Smith, Assistant Budget Director at the Clarion University SBDCDi processes all necessary budget transactions, invoices, etc. She assists clients and counselors to obtain various types of business information requested.

 

 

 


 

Clarion University SBDC Partners 

The Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is a public-private partnership that leverages the resources of government, higher education and the business community to facilitate the growth of small businesses in Armstrong, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Pottter, and Venango counties in Pennsylvania.

The Clarion University SBDC is sponsored and partially funded by the Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Additional funding, support, and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Department of Community & Economic Development) and the United States Small Business Administration.


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Service Partners

The Clarion University SBDC is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers.

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The Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program has many partners for regional economic performance:

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The Clarion University Small Business Development Center county partners are included in the alphabetical list below.

In order to meet the varied needs of entrepreneurs and small firms, the Clarion University SBDC is an active participant in their community through involvement with a wide range of public and private organizations. These relationships allow for cross referral of clients and cooperative consultation services and training programs. The Clarion University SBDC has strong working relationships with the following organizations among many others:

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