COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP —
In an abrupt move, Gannon University Small Business Development Center said Monday the organization is moving its local office out of the Penn-Northwest Development Corp. Professional Center in Coolspring Township to Greenville.
A cryptic news release issued by the Development Center said it would move into the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce offices on Main Street in Greenville effective July 1. The news release didn’t give a reason for the move.
However, July 1 is the first day of the Development Center’s new fiscal year.
In a brief phone interview Maggie Horn, director of the Development Center, would only say the move was necessary.
“We feel the partnership is better served by moving out of the Penn-Northwest office at this time,’’ Horn said. She decline further comment on the move.
Exiting Penn-Northwest’s office ends a long office relationship the Development Center had with Mercer County’s lead economic development agency. The center has maintained an outreach office in the county since 1997, all with Penn-Northwest.
The Development Center, which serves all of Mercer County through the outreach office, paid no rent to Penn-Northwest. Rather, Penn-Northwest had contributed $14,200 a year to the Development Center for the business development consulting services it offered to entrepreneurs such as guiding them on how to create a company, develop products and services or tap into the global market.
Greenville Area Chamber will not charge the Development Center rent and will fund the same contribution as Penn-Northwest had given, Horne said.
In commenting on the move Randy Seitz, chief executive officer of Penn-Northwest, said his agency’s business relationship with the Development Center will remain unchanged.
“My feeling is we’re team players, if you feel you can do a better job at that location I support you 100 percent,’’ Seitz said. “To me nothing will change except location. That type of relationship is sharing leads. You don’t have to be face-to-face to share leads.’’
Based in Erie, the Gannon University Small Business Development Center covers Mercer, Erie, Crawford and Warren counties. The organization is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in the state and is an affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers.
Once its move is completed to Greenville the Gannon Small Business Development Center will continue to maintain office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s phone number will also remain the same: 724-300-1481.