HOW THE SBDC HELPED
Development of Growth Plan
Capital for Expansion & Growth
PPP & EIDL Technical Assistance
“As a business owner I have gone through difficult challenges and I want to thank Widener SBDC for helping me navigate them. Via their services in Spanish I have been able to strengthen, innovate, manage, and expand my business.”
In 2019, Silvia became a part of the first cohort of Ella Emprende (She Undertakes), hosted in partnership with Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Finanta, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ella Emprende is a year-long women’s entrepreneurship program through which participants develop a personalized strategic growth plan. Through Widener SBDC’s bilingual consultants, Silvia was able to receive quality business services in Spanish that enabled her to strengthen, innovate, manage, and expand her business.
As the pandemic began, Silvia was among many that felt the effects. However, she again worked with the Widener University SBDC, joining in webinars like “Pequeño Empresario VS. Coronavirus (Small Business Owner VS. Coronavirus),” and, “Reinventa y Reactiva tu Negocio (Reinvent and Reactivate your Business).” These programs acted as a guide for Silvia to navigate the difficulties of running her business amidst a pandemic, breaking down how small business owners, like her- self, could maintain what they had built, and bounce back even stronger.