Rep. Keith Rothfus

Counties Served: Allegheny • Beaver • Cambria • Lawrence • Somerset • Westmoreland

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

The Pennsylvania SBDCs depend on continued federal and state funding to offer its services to constituents of the 12th DistrictIndependent research finds that Pennsylvania SBDC clients generate $6.56 in tax revenue for every $1 of federal funding the SBDC receives. Below are the most recent results for the 12th district.


Entrepreneurs Consulted 1,165
Women- and Jointly-Owned 68%
Veterans 6%
Minorities 20%
Total Consulting Hours Provided 15,938
Businesses Started 123
Jobs Saved 652
Jobs Created 251
Client-Obtained Financing $22,660,535
Assets Preserved $1,569,960

To learn more about how this data is collected, visit the Pennsylvania SBDC’s data integrity process webpage.


The Pennsylvania SBDC is an accredited member of America’s Small Business Development Center Network. Hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 service centers are available nationwide to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.   

Every federal dollar invested in SBDCs in 2013-14 created $2.31 in federal revenue and $3.17 in state revenue.  Additional information on America’s SBDC can be found below:

County Population # of Small Businesses % Small Businesses
Allegheny 1,223,348 105,110 99.89
Beaver 170,539 11,913 99.94
Cambria 143,679 9,974 99.96
Lawrence 91,108 6,904 99.97
Somerset 77,742 6,506 99.97
Westmoreland 365,169 29,732 99.94
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The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses.  The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth.

District Contacts:

Pennsylvania SBDC Network

State Director
(215) 898-1219

Duquesne University SBDC
Mary McKinney
(412) 396-6233

Saint Francis University SBDC

(814) 472-3200

Saint Vincent College SBDC
James Kunkel
(724) 537-4572

University of Pittsburgh SBDC
Raymond Vargo
(412) 648-1542

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