PA SBDC LogoThe IUP Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Whether you need help identifying local markets for your business, are developing a business plan and want a second opinion, or have compliance issues you'd like to clarify, SBDC consultants are 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.Visit PA SBDC eCenter for online signup to receive free consulting.

Core Services Include:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Business Plan Development
  • Capital Acquisition
  • Customer Service
  • E-Commerce
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Management
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Financing and Loan Packaging
  • Financial Analysis
  • Franchising
  • Government Contracting
  • Home-based Business
  • International Business
  • Legal Issues
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Market Research
  • Minority Business Development
  • Personnel
  • Product Development
  • Procurement
  • Public Relations
  • Retailing
  • Regulatory Assistance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Taxes
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Women's Business Issues
  • Worker Health and Safety

The SBDC also offers services to small business owners through a number of specialized programs. These programs provide assistance in areas requiring greater depth of knowledge and experience beyond standard business management expertise.

Specialized Programs Include:

Business Continuity

The SBDC knows that it is important to plan for unexpected business interruptions, especially natural disasters. Continuity and survival services are available to small businesses on a variety of topics.

Environmental Management Assistance Program

The Environmental Management Assistance Program offers confidential compliance assistance with environmental and health and safety regulations, on-site assessments to look for opportunities to cut costs through pollution prevention and energy efficiency, and assistance developing and marketing environmental technology.

International Business

The Pennsylvania SBDC has certified international trade consultants that will help you with your business export strategies.