Rep. Charlie Dent

Counties Served: Berks • Dauphin • Lebanon • Lehigh • Northampton


July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

The Pennsylvania SBDCs depend on continued federal and state funding to offer its services to constituents of the 15th 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 15th district.

RESULTS:

Entrepreneurs Consulted 944
Women- and Jointly-Owned 66%
Veterans 9%
Minorities 18%
Total Consulting Hours Provided 11,800
Businesses Started 61
Jobs Saved 508
Jobs Created 241
Client-Obtained Financing $20,477,103
Assets Preserved $981,225

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

NATIONAL IMPACT

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
Berks 411,442 31,914 99.94
Dauphin 268,100 21,484 99.87
Lebanon 133,568 10,321 99.91
Lehigh 349,497 29,385 99.89
Northampton 297,735 22,892 99.93
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STATEWIDE PRESENCE

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

Kutztown University
Ernie Post
Director
(484) 646-4003

Lehigh University SBDC

Director
(610) 758-3980

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