Sustaining Communities Through Small Business

Sustaining Communities Through Small Business


I’m Tom Sharbot my role is to support
small businesses throughout Pennsylvania the number of small businesses has
virtually exploded in the last you know five six seven years we need to find a
way to encourage people to start businesses and bring back that energy to
their communities we started in January 2016 so in that three year period we’ve
represented over 350 clients when we move down to the launch box then we’re
here as part of a community effort they’ve got much broader very quickly
and it’s sort of evolved like ripples in a pond they went from a path from State
College into Center County and from Center County out to adjoining
counting’s before we knew it we were talking to people on the New York border
when I look at that map of all our referral sources it’s cool to see that
it’s all of Pennsylvania and I’m not aware of any other clinic like ours on
the Entrepreneurship clinic has taken on anything in that scale each different
launch box your innovation hub has a different emphasis and when you go there
you can see that they’re different and then they suit their communities it’s a
great infrastructure that is unique to Penn State years ago when I was a kid I
remember that it’s truck driving through my hometown and my dad would point out
that the truck was from Penn State and it was an extension truck and it was a
guy who told everybody what kind of seed to plant
you know that was an outreach mission back then of Penn State research
education and outreach today when you look at the broad span of activities
that Penn State performs throughout the Commonwealth in constantly people with
their businesses and financial literacy and and all sorts of programs that they
have to help businesses it’s gone way beyond picking corn seeds and I’m part
of that I could easily be an outreach out telling people throughout
Pennsylvania how to help them start their businesses it’s been a great
experience for me personally

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