Overview

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide education and no-cost consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The SBDC is ready to help you grow your business.

The SBDC’s one-on-one management consulting emphasizes education and guidance in finding practical solutions to business problems. Consulting is confidential and provided at no-charge by a staff of skilled professionals.

With 18 college- and university-based centers and more than 90 outreach centers located throughout the state of Pennsylvania, the help you need is just around the corner. Contact your local SBDC to arrange for a free and confidential one-on-one consultation.

Types of Assistance

Pennsylvania SBDC services cover a range of topics relevant to aspiring entrepreneurs small business owners:

Business/Strategic Planning
  • Business Viability Assessment
  • Market Analysis & Competitive Research
  • Business Plan Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Commercialization of Technology
  • Business Structure
Capital Acquisition
  • Financing options
  • Loan Packaging
  • Equity Options

Environmental Management

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Regulatory Compliance
Financial Management
  • Accounting & Recordkeeping
  • Financial Management & Analysis
  • Taxes
Targeted Assistance
  • Online Business
  • Government Marketing
  • International Trade
  • Shale Energy
  • Business Disruption
  • Affordable Care Act
Industry-Specific
  • Manufacturing
  • Retailing
  • Service
 
Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • e-Commerce
  • Market Research
  • Marketing Materials/ Promotion
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Social Media
Environmental Management
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • On-site Assessments
  • Emissions Calculations
  • Permit & Plan Preparation Assistance
  • Record Keeping & Reporting Assistance
  • Greening Your Business
  • PA Material Trader
Operations
  • Developing Policies and Procedures
  • Inventory Control
  • Quality Control
  • Cost Control
  • Regulatory Assistance
  • Information Technology
Technology
  • Technology Commercialization & Marketing
  • SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Assistance
  • Product Feasibility Analysis
  • Product Development/ Engineering Services

Get Started

To get started with the SBDC, check out our upcoming educational events. Or our resources section which has information and tools for small businesses.

When you're ready, you can contact your local SBDC for more information.

Funding & Support

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 the SBDC directly. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government.  By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.