International Best Practice Exchange

Sustainable Economic Development, Business and Commerce, Educational Leadership

San Jose, Costa Rica

May 30 - June 5, 2019 

Universidad Nacional (UNA) | Widener University

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center

Forging Invincible Partnerships

Goals and Objectives

Exchange Best Practices

Build Partnerships

Transfer Knowledge

Exchange Best Practices

Economic Development

Business and Commerce

Educational Leadership

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About Widener

About the SBDC

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The Widener University Small Business Development Center and the School of Business Administration have been invited by the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) to present our Small Business Development Center model to UNA's leadership, various government officials, including the vice president of the country, and business leaders.

 

UNA’s goal is to expand their technical assistance efforts to agricultural cooperatives in the Caribbean coast of the country. UNA is interested in doing this as part of their social responsibility agenda. In this spirit, they have requested our center and University leadership to share our model with a focus in three areas: 1. Economic Development, 2.Technical Assistance Programs and 3. The role of Widener students.

Our institution purchased property and invested in Costa Rica and has a long standing relationship with UNA, however this is the first time the School of Business is directly involved.

 

From our perspective we welcome the opportunity to share and learn. Our midterm goal is to foster relationships that may lead to supporting our SBDC clients, in the state of Pennsylvania, export products / services to Costa Rica. In addition, we hope to explore other potential commercial opportunities for our clients.

Value Proposition

International Best Practice Exchange: June 4, 2019

Sustainable Economic Development, Business and Commerce, Educational Leadership

During these meetings, Widener University School of Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Network will participate in high level discussions geared toward capacity building in three areas: 1. Economic Development, 2.Technical Assistance Programs and 3. The role of Widener students.

Confirmed Participants

 

Target Costa Rican Importers

 

  • Aquaculture, especially shrimp farmers

  • Apple/Pear Importers—1-2 meetings for Cohen Produce/Rice Packing.

  • Egg Importers

  • Lumber Log Importers—perhaps 1 meeting from current or previous importers.

  • Manufactured Products - importers of mining equipment.

  • Select value-added services and consultants who can improve manufacturing efficiencies, environmental remediation, food marketing and ag science & animal husbandry.

  • Food and bakery equipment - new and used.

  • Dairy farming & cow experts - small size manure digesters (individual /farm groups)

 

Target Costa Rican Exporters

 

  • Select Producers/Coops of berries and nuts.

  • Any new/unusual fruits, spices, flavorings, marinades, sauces and seasonings.  Essences of citrus flavors are well received in all of these categories.

  • High quality, healthful frozen food manufacturers, especially microwaveable, perhaps organic if certified organic, kosher, hallal, vegetarian, fruits, ethnic Latin American foods, fusion, “nuveau cuisine, fish/shrimp combinations.

  • *Innovative companies/high tech startups/serial entrepreneurs seeking US partners for manufacturing/JV/perhaps capital or venture investment.  

  • *Export ready companies with innovative products for the US or potentially other markets.

 
 
Diplomatic Team
 
Jayati
Ghosh, Ph.D

Dean, Widener University School of Business Adminstration

Dr. Jayati Ghosh is the Dean of the School of Business Administration, Widener University since July 2016.  The School of Business Administration (SBA) is at the forefront of a national movement in higher education that promotes active learning practices and creates opportunities for students to work closely with faculty that enrich their education and prepare them to excel in their careers. 

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Lenin
Agudo

Director, Widener University Small Business Development Center (WU SBDC)

Lenin Agudo is a high performance motivator with experience in supporting economic growth for small businesses, government administrations and economic development organizations. Utilizing a design-thinking trajectory ©, he consults with clients and delivers vibrant, experience-oriented, market driven and economic development results.

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Martin
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International Trade & Special Program Manager - Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PA SBDC)

Martin Brill has more than 23 years of international and general business consulting with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center. Previous experience in international trade banking, the export of equipment, food, chemicals, and disposables.

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Peter
Hornberger

Assistant Director, Widener University Small Business Development Center (WU SBDC)

Adjunct Instructor, Widener Universitty

Martin Brill has more than 15 years of international and general business consulting with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center. Previous experience in international trade banking, the export of equipment, food, chemicals, and disposables.

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Brian
Larson, Ph.D

Chair, Management Department and Director of Sports Management Program, Widener University School of Business Administration

At Widener Brian has had a successful record of bringing together key constituents to get work done. He’s passionate about creating a dynamic environment in which talented people can channel their energy to make things better. Brian is a former and current entrepreneur and small business owner. Brian has also taught at Oklahoma State University and Langston University.

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About the SBDC Network

Since its inception in 1980, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has evolved into a network of 18 university and college-based centers and more than ninety outreach locations operating under the guidance of the Lead Office located at Kutztown University.

The Pennsylvania SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions 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.

Nationwide SBDC Network Results
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Highlights

Widener SBDC helps entrepreneurs start, grow and prosper via three major economic development programs in the eastern Pennsylvania region: the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC), funded by the United States Defense Logistics Agency; the Small Business Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP), funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Small Business Development Center program (SBDC), funded by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

Early in 2019, our center was designated as a NextGen Lab for Design Thinking and Analytics by SAP. Widener became the first of 1100 SBDCs in the country to achieve this designation.

 

Recently, the United States SBA awarded Widener SBDC with the 2019 Innovation and Excellence Award for exceeding our goals and in recognition of our practices.