2013 Impact Study 

  • New Businesses Opened: 1,635
  • Jobs Created: 6,827
  • New Sales: $244,482,000 million
  • State Taxes Generated: $16,863,419 million
  • Federal Taxes Generated: $18,625,284 million

Results on the impact of the Pennsylvania SBDC program are from an annual, independent analysis of the national SBDC network conducted by Dr. James Chrisman of Mississippi State University. For the study, all clients assisted by the Pennsylvania SBDC program in 2012 were surveyed on their achievements in 2013, the year following their SBDC engagement.

The conservative study only looks at firm performance for one year and does not consider the ongoing impact of the firms assisted by the SBDC. The study only includes federal income tax and state income and sales taxes generated. It does not include other tax revenue sources such as corporate taxes, local taxes, property taxes, unemployment taxes or social security payments.

The study also does not capture other benefits of the SBDC program including: continuing tax revenues of clients after the year studied; other value-added programs the SBDCs offer (e.g. educational programs); value of personal assets preserved and business failures prevented because of SBDC assistance; and multiplier effects of a healthier small business sector.

Full Reports

2013-14 Economic Impact Of Small Business Development Center: 

Please note: Data from the two reports is combined to create the aggregate impact figures. 

Historical Impact

Since its inception, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers have provided over 2.5 million hours of consulting to more than 216,000 entrepreneurs and offered over 14,000 courses, workshops and seminars attended by 334,000 Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania SBDC services have helped small firms throughout the Commonwealth raise start-up and expansion capital, start new companies, and sell billions worth of Pennsylvania products and services throughout the world.  As a result, SBDC clients have created thousands of new jobs and generated millions in new state income tax revenue.

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Basis for Success

There are several unique characteristics that contribute to the SBDC's efficiency and effectiveness:

  • University base provides access to world-class resources, and provides overhead support so state funds can be used for service delivery instead of administration.
  • Accredited for technology commercialization services; one of only eight such programs in the nation.
  • As a federally established program, the SBDC has linkages with other federal agencies.
  • The SBDC network operates the state’s small business air quality hotline for the Department of Environmental Protection to meet federal regulations.
  • Delivers integrated business, environmental, international, government procurement and technology services, confidentially and at no-cost to the client.

Unlike any other economic development program, the SBDCs assists businesses in all industry sectors, reflective of the state’s economy including agriculture, manufacturing, service and retail, and operates as a unified system to serve all 67 counties of the Commonwealth.

All impact data and figures are from independent analysis of the Pennsylvania SBDC program by Dr. James Chrisman of Mississippi State University.