The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) offer a variety of educational events and workshops all across the state to address the many needs of small businesses. 

First Step

One of the most popular workshops we offer, the First Step, is a great place to begin for those looking to start a business.


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Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development and through support from the host institutions. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 215-898-1219. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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Grand Opening: Farmers Insurance Agency

ESW Series #3: Topic- Intro to Marketing

The First Step of Starting a Business

Simple Strategic Planning: Getting Results

Branding Your Business with Amanda Kochirka

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Beaver)

First Step Seminar - Mercer County

First Step to Starting Your Business (Harrisburg)

The First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business

Tax and Bookkeeping Considerations for Small Business

CMC Series: Topic- Project Scheduling and Budgeting

CMC Series: Topic- Project Scheduling Lab

ESW Series #3:Topic- Market Research

HUBZone Government Contracting Opportunities Seminar

The First Step