The 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.
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.
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.
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.
To help companies sell to federal, state, local, and quasi-government agencies, the Government Marketing Assistance Program provides a computerized bid lead program, and provides assistance in marketing products and services to government, proposal preparation, and contract compliance. The program saves businesses time and money by matching a firm’s goods and services with bids and leads published in the Commerce Business Daily and the Pennsylvania Bulletin, as well as requests for small bids from the Defense Logistics Agency and various other government agencies. This service is through our affiliated MSG partner, the Government Contracting Assistance Program.
The Pennsylvania SBDC has certified international trade consultants that will help you with your business export strategies.
Small businesses may be able to take advantage of Marcellus Shale supply chain opportunities to grow their businesses.
The Technology Commercialization Assistance Program assists high-growth and technology firms with sophisticated business management issues, including alternative financing, human resources, patents and trade marking, intellectual property, and product commercialization.