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StartUp Lewisburg manager named PA's SBDC State Star

June 21, 2018

From The Daily Item:

 The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Network named StartUp Lewisburg incubator manager and Bucknell SBDC business consultant Dennis Hummer as its State Star on Thursday morning. 

The University of Scranton SBDC director Lisa Hall Zielinski and business consultant/2017 Pennsylvania State Star Keith D. Yurgosky announced Hummer's win with a live video on its Facebook page at 11:30 a.m. 

"Every year one top performer from each state within the national network of SBDCs is recognized for his or her contributions to their SBDC program," Zielinski said about the State Star awards. 

Yurgosky said Hummer earned the title because of the 'unparalleled strength' he brings to the SBDC and Startup Lewisburg as well as his ability to foster relationships and share his expertise. 

Hummer will be honored as Pennsylvania's SBDC State Star at the America's SBDC Conference in Washington DC this September. 

Hummer said he felt "honored and humbled" to be given the title of Pennsylvania's 2018 State Star. He thanked the Pennsylvania SBDC Network and his teammates at the Bucknell SBDC. 

"I share this with you. All the work we do, we do together," he said. 

Hummer's boss and Bucknell SBDC director Steven Stumbris said the Bucknell SBDC team has a history of achievement. “The Bucknell SBDC team possesses the spirit of teamwork and professional excellence,” he said.

Hummer is the first Bucknell SBDC employee to be named the State Star since Bucknell SBDC assistant director for business consulting Maureen Hauck won the accolade in 2015, said Stumbris. 

Stumbris said he was excited for the State Star to be named online. 2018 is the first year that the Pennsylvania State Star has been announced through social media, he said. "It is reaching a broader audience and highlighting the excellent work of SBDC employees like Denny."

Hummer said the 2018 State Star award felt especially special since it is the 40th anniversary of Bucknell's SBDC. "The small business owner is truly the backbone of our country and I'm honored to be a part of this rich tradition of serving these entrepreneurs here at the SBDC," he said. 

The Pennsylvania SBDC Network has 18 centers and more than 100 employees.

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