KBI Celebrates SBDC Day on March 21st

Kepley BioSystems is proud to announce that we have pledged our support in promoting America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and SBDC Day on March 21, 2018 as an SBDC Day Ambassador. Businesses have always celebrated ribbon cuttings, grand openings and company anniversaries, and for a second year they’ll be able to celebrate the people who help them turn their dreams into reality–Small Business Development Centers.

The second annual SBDC Day is set for March 21, 2018, a day that will unite nearly 1,000 SBDCs across the country, the hundreds of thousands of clients they’ve served in their near 40-year history.

In 2014, Anthony Dellinger, president of Kepley BioSystems, approached the Triad Service Center of the SBTDC seeking their expertise to successfully assist with an SBIR proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). KBI has subsequently participated in other SBTDC programs in North Carolina to accelerate the company’s progress, including intellectual property protection.  Now seeking investment capital to continue product optimization and begin commercialization, KBI hopes to access future resources from the SBTDC.

“Working with the professionals in the SBDC network has been amazing,” says Dellinger. “I would highly recommend that any entrepreneur or small business owner reach out to their local SBDC consultant for their expertise and assistance.”

“It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients. With SBDC support small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.

Since 1980, 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center networks have provided free one-on-one consulting to small businesses at nearly 1,000 locations throughout the nation.

A new business is opened with the assistance of the SBDC around the country every 30 minutes; a new job is created every 5.5 minutes; more than $100,000 in new sales are generated every 8.2 minutes, and small businesses are able to obtain more than $100,000 in capital every 10 minutes.

SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to an estimated one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for free, face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on writing business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, international trade and more.

"Working with Owen George and Chris Veal of the NC SBTDC, KBI found an opportunity to present at a prestigious international entrepreneurship conference in Kunshan, China. We were able to collaborate with key players in the Chinese life-sciences sector and make potential contacts for when we move our innovations in this highly significant market," says Lee Robertson, KBI scientist. "The NC SBTDC were crucial making this appearance a success, from logistics to finding translation assistance for our material. This proved to be an tremendous opportunity for KBI to appear on the world stage and we are immensely grateful."

Please join us in supporting America’s SBDCs and their impact on the success of the nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers–America’s small businesses. Follow the conversation on social media with hashtag #SBDCDay, learn more at www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay or find your local SBDC at www.AmericasSBDC.org.