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Horne Named Director of SBDC

Maggie HornePosted: 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 development corporations.

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 valuation.

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 facilities.

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