Community Entrepreneurs

In order to be successful, all businesses require not only sufficient capital but also the knowledge to use that capital wisely. The Penn State SBDC consultants help entrepreneurs develop the planning, management, and financial skills necessary to make their businesses thrive.

The SBDC provides one-on-one consulting and seminars to pre-venture, start-up, and existing small businesses located in Centre and Mifflin counties. Consulting is confidential and provided at no charge by a staff of skilled professionals who emphasize education and guidance in finding practical solutions to business problems. A wide range of consulting and services are available including:

Start-up Services

  • Market analysis and competitive research
  • Business planning
  • Business viability assessment
  • Capital acquisition: debt, equity, angel, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
  • Environmental management: regulatory assistance
  • Technology commercialization
  • Veterans’ entrepreneur resources

Innovation and Growth Services

  • Strategic planning
  • Competitor and market analysis
  • Financial management and capital acquisition: debt, equity, angel, venture capital, SBIR
  • Marketing and sales
  • Operations
  • Human resources
  • Environmental management: regulatory assistance, energy efficiency, Green Your Business
  • International Business: exporting, global sourcing, global competitive analysis (with assistance from Pennsylvania SBDC network)
  • Government contracting (with assistance from Pennsylvania SBDC network)
  • Technology commercialization

Continuity and Survival Services

  • Business planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Competitor and market analysis
  • Capital acquisition: debt and equity
  • Marketing and sales
  • Operations
  • Taxes and regulations
  • Financial management
  • Environmental management: regulatory assistance, energy efficiency, Green Your Business
  • International Business: global sourcing and global competitive analysis (with assistance from Pennsylvania SBDC network)
  • Veteran Business Services

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Events

Do you know the Penn State SBDC offers free help with grand opening and ribbon cutting events? The events are an important opportunity to share a newly launched business with the community. By working with the Penn State SBDC, entrepreneurs gain access to the information and resources needed to hold a successful grand opening or ribbon-cutting event.

Contact Laurie Linton at lxl182@psu.edu or 814-863-7374 for more information.