The Penn State SBDC is responding to the rapidly changing economy with new and specialized programs. Examples of these programs include:
- Government Marketing Assistance Program — To help companies sell to federal, state, local and quasi-government agencies, the Government Marketing Assistance Program provides a computerized bid lead program, and 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 other government agencies.
- International Trade — To help companies export Pennsylvania products and services, the International Business Assistance Program helps companies in assessing their international trade readiness; evaluating their products or services for export potential; identifying the best foreign market opportunities; developing strategic and marketing plans; identifying foreign sales agents and distributors; planning market entry strategies; explaining international trade procedures and regulations; providing information on technical standards and export/import documentation; determining sources of trade financing and risk management; identifying trade mission and trade show opportunities; and determining import restrictions, duties, and tariffs.
- Technology Commercialization Assistance — The Technology Commercialization Assistance Program assists high-growth and technology firms with sophisticated business management issues including alternative financing, human resources, patents and trade marketing, intellectual property, and product commercialization. Cooperating with their host institutions, the Technology Commercialization Assistance Program also helps U.S. Department of Defense contractors locate markets outside of the Department of Defense.
- Agribusiness — Ever considered taking an old family recipe and producing it on a commercial scale? Or maybe you are a small farmer with dairy cows, and you want to start selling cheese products. If you currently have, or are considering starting, your own small farm-based agribusiness or food specialty business, the SBDC can help your business grow and succeed.
- Veterans — The Pennsylvania SBDC provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for veterans owning or considering starting a small business.