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Gannon Small Business Development Center Receives $300,000 Grant to Support Small Businesses in Erie County

Published: 09/08/2020

Center for Business Ingenuity

Center for Business Ingenuity

The Gannon University Small Business Development Center received a $300,000 COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant from the Erie County government to assist Erie County small businesses in developing and implementing digital transformation strategies.

The funding will be utilized to create a Tech Team consisting of four to five individuals who will be supported by the SBDC to provide basic website development and marketing material assistance to small businesses as needed. In conjunction with this, a majority of the funding will establish the opportunity for businesses in Erie County to apply for one of several direct grants in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 that will be available to use for their online presence needs.

"The funding awarded to Gannon SBDC by Erie County will directly benefit the small business community,” said Maggie Horne, director of the Gannon SBDC. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to assist businesses to create or improve their digital presence to position them for sustainability and growth now and into the future."

Throughout the pandemic, the Gannon SBDC has worked to leverage its existing consulting knowledge and experience to help entrepreneurs move to a digital model to maintain and increase customer sales. This funding will help the SBDC to build on their commitment to assisting small businesses in Erie County as they re-establish operations and adjust to COVID-19 regulations while working to maintain the success of their companies.

About Gannon University Small Business Development Center (Gannon SBDC):

The Gannon SBDC is part of a statewide network of 16 centers and more than 75 community outreach offices and a national network of more than 1,100 centers. The SBDC provides educational programming and no cost consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Northwest Pennsylvania. Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Gannon University. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

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