PENNSYLVANIA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS CREATES FREE ONLINE MODULES TO ASSIST COVID IMPACTED BUSINESSES

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PASBDC) in conjunction with Dr. Christine (CJ) Rhoads, M.Ed., D.Ed., Curriculum Specialist for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses, have created 24 free online educational modules to assist PASBDC clients and their employees in reopening safely. Dan Chen See, a student intern from Kutztown University and Carolina Moctezuma, assistant professor from the modern language department were also instrumental in the module development. The modules are published on the PASBDC website.

“The PASBDC is happy that we can offer these online learning modules in both English and Spanish. These modules are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health department guidelines for reopening as of June 2020. These free modules are designed to help our busy small business owners obtain the critical information that they need to be aware of in planning to mitigate their risk for employees and customers,” said Ernie Post, Pennsylvania SBDC Director.

The modules aim to teach business owners how to: prevent and reduce transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations, and maintain a healthy work environment. There are also supplemental industry-specific modules for the top industry served by the network. 

“The first three modules are full of educational courses with activities and quizzes. They give you a “badge” at the end if you do well. The remaining modules are shorter, with just the supplemental information needed for different industries. All of them will be helpful to business leaders and managers as they work towards ensuring their customers and employees stay safe and healthy,” said Dr. Rhoads. “Our goal was to bring information together from many sources so that the participants didn’t need to go searching out the information from the large variety of information about COVID-19.”

To gain access to these modules, visit https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events?centerid=171

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About the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) supports the economic development of Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs and small businesses with individual consultations, comprehensive education, and information necessary to help their businesses start, grow, and prosper. SBDCs deliver consulting services and educational programs through a network of 16 locations across Pennsylvania SBDC. Consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with issues including new business development, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDCs also address concerns about navigating and recovering during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional services include helping with disaster loan applications, long-term planning, economic loss estimations, and business preparedness. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDC services and impact, please visit www.pasbdc.org.