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)
  • Grand openings and ribbon cutting events
  • 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