Horne Named Director of SBDC
Posted: January 13, 2014
Gannon University has announced that the Margaret U. Horne has
been named director of the Gannon University Small Business
Development Center (SBDC).
In this position Horne is responsible for outreach to the
four-county region served by the SBDC and will work closely with
officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Pennsylvania
Department of Community and Economic Development and Department of
Education, as well as with federal, state, and local officials.
Horne will also collaborate with professional and trade
associations, such as local Chambers of Commerce, and economic
Horne earned an associate's and a bachelor's degree in business
administration with concentration in marketing and management from
Penn State University, and her MBA from Point Park University. She
is also a Certified Valuation Analyst. Her background includes
experience in law, accounting, education and business
For more than six years, she provided general consulting
services through the SBDC to pre-venture clients and existing
businesses in Mercer County and specialized business valuation
consulting services to clients in Erie, Warren, Crawford and Mercer
counties. In November 2012, she was promoted to manager of business
consulting, which included oversight of the consulting activities
of the SBDC and management of the Center.
Horne has published articles and made presentations on topics
including competitive intelligence, business valuation and business
management to audiences nationwide. She has also taught a variety
of courses for community colleges and other education
More about the Gannon SBDC
Gannon University's Small Business Development Center has helped
northwestern Pennsylvania's most successful businesses set the pace
for nearly a quarter of a century.
The Gannon SBDC provides no-cost consulting services to
entrepreneurs and to small business owners. The SBDC's consultants
have expertise in areas such as accounting, e-commerce, financing,
strategic planning, business plan development, customer service,
manufacturing and market research.
The Gannon SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers
in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national
network of Small Business Development Centers. Learn more at