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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The First Step of Starting a Business

HUBZone Government Contracting Opportunities Seminar

  • Center: Widener University SBDC
  • Price: No Cost
  • Location: , , PA 19013

First Step: How to Start a Business

First Step to Starting Your Business (Reading, PA)

The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshop

First Step: Starting a Small Business- Carlisle

Simple Strategies for Social Media Marketing

First Step Seminar - Mercer County

The First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business

  • Center: University of Pittsburgh SBDC
  • Price: No Cost
  • Location: , , PA 15260

Abre Tu Negocio

Fundamentals of Government Marketing

Marketing with Technology: For PennDOT DBE firms (Reading, PA)

Introductions to QuickBooks

Food Safety Certification: Clarion