March 20th is National SBDC Day. The 1,000 SBDCs across the county took the day as a way to highlight the important assistance that SBDCs provide to small businesses. Businesses who work with SBDCs see 4x sales growth compared to the National Average.
The Temple SBDC celebrated with a week’s worth of programming.
On 3/18, a Supplier Diversity Fair took place at Temple Center City, bringing in a dozen resource partners and procurement opportunity providers like the Philadelphia School District and SEPTA. Attendees were able to connect directly to the procuring units and ask questions about bidding on opportunities.
On 3/22 the SBDC Incubator hosted a Lunch & Learn on insurance best practices for small businesses. John Blystone, of The Blystone Company, advised incubator tenants about the niche insurance needs for their specific industries.
The main events took place on 3/20. In the morning, Mayor Kenney and 100 members of the community convened at Morgan Hall. The Temple SBDC received a proclamation from the Mayor acknowledging March 20th as National SBDC Day in Philadelphia. Iola Harper and Councilman Al Taubenburger were honored for their work in improving the small business landscape in Philadelphia.
That afternoon, the sun was shining as the ribbon was officially cut at the new Ambler outpost of the Temple SBDC. Temple Ambler Staff and Montgomery County commissioners Val Arkoohs, Joe Gale, and Ken Lawrence Jr. welcomed the SBDC with open arms. Clients are now able to use the space for one on one consulting and business programs and events will be scheduled soon.
The Temple SBDC is grateful for all the support it received and looks forward to continuing providing valuable services to the business of Philadelphia, lower Montgomery, and lower Bucks counties.