7 Digital Marketing Ideas for your Small Business
Marketing is essential in growing your business. But it can be hard to come up with ideas that fit into your busy schedule and tight budget. Here are seven digital marketing ideas you can use to promote your small business and build your brand presence online. Optimize your website Optimizing your website is critical to […]
An interview with SBDC International Programs Manager Blandine Chantepie-Kari
Blandine is the International Programs Manager for the Small Business Development Center. She has over 15 years of experience in international strategy and specializes in international trade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attraction programs, and ecosystem building. She manages the ENRICH in the USA – European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs – program […]
Client Spotlight: Jen Tiberi of Jen Tiberi Handmade
Jen Tiberi has excellent taste. Her carefully curated Etsy shop, website, and Instagram page show image after image of gorgeous midcentury modern furniture and cushions in a variety of beautiful updated fabrics. No matter how good your taste is, building a business off of it during a pandemic is no easy task. Tiberi had offered […]
Promoting your small business on YouTube
If your small business isn’t on YouTube, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to get lots of eyes on your brand. There are over two billion users on YouTube, and they watch over one billion hours of video every single day. It’s easy to set up an account and get started right away! Why […]
Client Spotlight: Yashanda Bennett of Prolific Designs 3
Yashanda Bennett first came to the Temple SBDC in February 2020. She had started her business, Prolific Designs 3, the year prior, becoming an official LLC in 2019. What began as a small event décor company has grown into a full-service lifestyle brand. Bennett knew she wanted to grow her small décor company and came […]
Client Success Stories
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With the help of Temple SBDC, local entrepreneur Erin Wallace was able to secure a loan that allowed her to open her third gastro pub in Philadelphia. Now, Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery is a thriving full-service restaurant that serves craft and imported beers (with 30 draft lines). Since their opening in November 2013, they have received over 1700 likes on Facebook and rave reviews.
Wesley David Cornish is a Philadelphia native and attended Temple University Beasley School of Law. Since joining the Temple Incubator program his law practice has substantially grown. Cornerstone has benefited greatly from the SBDC’s individualized consulting, and especially from the ongoing training that the Incubator program provides to all its participants.
Perfect Choice Cleaning provides residential cleaning services to homes mainly in the center city area of Philadelphia. Amber Cureton moved the home-based business to the Temple SBDC Incubator program in 2015. The Incubator has given Amber access to training, consulting, and interns. With the assistance of the Incubator support services, Amber Cureton was able to more than double her sales in 2015.
Sherrill Mosee solved a problem for young moms everywhere. With her engineering background, Mosee designed the chic MinkeeBlue all-purpose bag, an original prototype that features a 2-in-1 handbag and adjustable compartment system to eliminate the hassle of carrying a purse, diaper bag, lunch bag, gym bag, etc. The Temple SBDC assisted Mrs. Mosee in completing her business plan by providing valuable research on her competition and potential customers. The bag was recently featured on Katie Couric’s show that focused on mothers with inventions, and Mosee has been receiving glowing reviews.
Izzat Rahman had a passion for eco-friendly bike riding and healthy eating. He had a vision for a place where bikers could go for accessories and repairs, and also stop in for a bite to eat on their journey through the city. Rahman turned to the Temple SBDC for help, and they assisted him with his business plan. In 2015, Izzat was able to open the first bike cafe in Philadelphia.
Avi Loren Fox has combined two of her passions—fashion and saving the planet—into a successful small business. “Wild Mantle” makes homemade hooded scarves from sustainable materials. The SBDC assisted Fox with market research, the business plan and developing financial projections which helped her get financing for her business. Since then, Wild Mantle’s scarves have been featured on FOX29 News Philadelphia, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philly Voice, and Philly Weekly, among others.
Jordan Parisse’s journey with the SBDC began when he completed the Construction Management Certificate Series in 2012. Soon after, he took the Entrepreneurial Success Workshop Series to improve his family business, Ferrarini Kitchen and Bath. In 2014, Parisse ventured into an offshoot electrical contracting business, Ferrarini Electric, LLC. Parisse’s progress has been impressive so far—some of his most recent customers include Rita’s Water Ice, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, and Subway Restaurant.
SBDC In the News
Originally posted by technical.ly on
“The Temple SBDC was interested in hosting an energy incubator to add to our services for small, energy focused businesses like ATP-PA and Metal Light,” said Maura Shenker, director of Temple’s SBDC, in a statement. “We’re excited to see what the future holds for these outstanding energy entrepreneurs and the impact their solutions will have on making Philadelphia a cleaner, greener city.”
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Additionally, DCED provided $300,000 to support the Temple University SBDC’s Pennsylvania Digital Transformation and eCommerce Program (PADTEP) initiative, which will enhance e-commerce opportunities for small businesses in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.
Originally posted by bctv.org on 11
The organization will also offer virtual support, with promotions like the shop small, shop local gift guide curated by the Small Business Development Center at Temple University. The collection spotlights 30 Philadelphia-area businesses offering gifts for the home decorator, for the artsy and eclectic, for the little ones, for the skin-care obsessed, for the coffee connoisseur, for the party people, for the amateur distiller and much more.
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Temple University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director Maura Shenker wants to help small business owners make strides in the digital space.
The new PA Digital Transformation eCommerce Program (PADTEP) will build on the work SBDC has been doing during the pandemic to assist these entrepreneurs in pivoting to meet their customers’ needs. In 2020, the center received CARES Act funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help local small business owners get their businesses online.
Originally posted by Governor Tom Wolf webpage on 4/13/21
Governor Tom Wolf applauded the efforts of the Pennsylvania SBDC Network who served more than 13,000 clients and supported about 80,000 jobs across the state over the last year. “Small businesses are a crucial part of our economy. The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers are an essential resource for small businesses and I’m grateful for all of their hard work to help entrepreneurs” Gov. Wolf said.
Originally Posted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, by Gene Marks, March 30, 2021
But let’s not forget that Yelp is, at its core, a review site. So appropriately handling reviews — whether good or bad — is more important than ever.
Sarah Mailloux of Temple SBDC recommends that if you are receiving positive feedback, you should send a private message to thank the poster. For negative reviews, she recommends responding publicly on your page so that other consumers can see how you addressed their concern.
Originally published by Laura Daily for the Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2020
“Co-working appeals to both solopreneurs and start-ups, says Jamie Shanker-Passero, associate director of the Temple University Small Business Development Center in Philadelphia. “With rising real estate prices, space sharing is crucial. You don’t pay for unused space, but do share expenses such as utilities, security and front desk personnel,” she says.
Originally published by the Philadelphia Tribune, July 25, 2019
The top challenges facing African-American business owners include access to capital and scaling up a business, said Cherrill Wilson, senior associate director at Temple University’s Small Business Development Center, which provided consulting and educational program assistance to more than 1,000 businesses last year.
Originally posted by Hector Dávila Jr. for Technically Philly, November 11, 2019
Temple University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and veteran entrepreneurship-focused nonprofit Warrior Rising teamed up to launch a new incubator, the Small Business Special Forces Incubator, for veterans at Temple’s SBDC outpost on its Ambler campus.
Originally posted by Temple News, by James Duffy, October 2019
“Our mission is to help small businesses grow, thrive and survive. We help them build their business from the ground up,” said Kraus, who is also a technology and manufacturing specialist. “The Temple Ambler SBDC predominantly serves the suburbs, the surrounding Philadelphia communities — a convenient location to ‘get in, get help, and get out,’ because time is a precious commodity for any new business. It’s a big benefit to be located right within the neighborhood.”
Originally published by the Department of Commerce, July 25, 2019
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce and its StartupPHL initiative announced the recipients of the StartupPHL Venture Program, which aims to support startup companies run by entrepreneurs from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The StartupPHL Venture Program provides funding for technology or technology-enabled ventures that may not have access to traditional forms of capital and founder networks.
Originally posted by Kim Glovas for KYW
AMBLER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A new center opening up at the Temple University Ambler campus is looking to provide business training for new companies, and it’s free for veterans.
It’s called the Outreach Center, and it is an incubator for new businesses created by veterans.
Maura Shenker, director of the Small Business Development Center, says one of the problems for veterans is a lack of a good credit history.
“A lot of ways that civilians build credit: buying a car, buying a house, paying their cable bill on time, paying power companies on time, you know building a credit history, people in the military just don’t have those opportunities,” she said.
Shenker says the center will give trainees not only office space, including computers, printers and Wi-Fi, but also alternatives to traditional bank loans.
“Such as CDFI’s, and that stands for Community Development Financial Institutions,” she said. “They’re basically nonprofit banks that can do what’s called a character loan, meaning instead of just looking at your credit score, they look at your whole personal history.”
Applications will be accepted from now through the end of May.
Originally posted by Kim Glovas for KYW (original post is no longer available)
Originally posted by Temple News, April 8, 2019
Trina Worrell Benjamin, CEO of TWB Cleaning Contractors, is building her business with the help Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Incubator Program, which supports start-up and existing ventures in the Philadelphia area through consulting, training, and affordable office space.
Originally posted by Temple News, by James Duffy
Temple University is giving entrepreneurs—military veterans in particular—a new place and an essential partner to help their business concepts become reality. On March 20 at 3 p.m., Temple’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will cut the ribbon on a new office located in the Ambler Campus Library Building.