SBDC courses, seminars, and conferences provide up-to-date, practical information on a wide variety of business topics and are designed to educate entrepreneurs about new and innovative management procedures. The programs teach basic business skills as well as more advanced and specific business management. These low-cost workshops feature experts and leaders from industry, government, higher education, and professional associations.

Seminar Calendar


The Second Step to Small Business Success: Developing a Business Plan (CANCELED)

When: September 24, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: University Park, PA
Cost: $0.00


The importance of a business plan should never be overlooked. For a business to be successful and profitable, you must have a clear understanding of your organization’s customers, competition, and finances. The business plan also serves as a powerful tool for financing proposals.

At this seminar, learn about:

  • the purpose of a business plan
  • the business plan components
  • how to format your plan
  • conducting market research
  • creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business

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The First Step to Small Business Success

The First Step to Small Business Success

When: October 15, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Bellefonte, PA
Cost: $0.00

Sponsored by  Springboard and SCORE

Have you always had the dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to begin? This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of owning a successful business, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Learn from a business consultant about:

  • lifestyle requirements for business owners
  • how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
  • legal and tax implications of owning a business
  • how to develop a business plan
  • how to compile a bank-ready financial package
  • how to market your product or service
  • health and safety regulations that may apply to your business
  • where to find other resources that may help you succeed

Parking info:

There is no parking at SpringBoard. It’s recommended to park in the municipal lot by the train station.

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Google Livestream: Spruce Up Your Holiday Marketing Plan

Google Livestream: Spruce Up Your Holiday Marketing Plan

When: October 16, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: State College, PA
Cost: $0.00

‘Tis the season to get noticed online! This livestream will provide the latest Google resources to help bring in new customers for the holidays. We will dive into three different ways to reach customers, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. Topics will include:

• business listings
• online advertising
• email marketing

Our SBDC consultant will be on-hand to help small business owners who are seeking further assistance.

Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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HR Issues for Small Businesses

HR Issues for Small Businesses

When: October 24, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: University Park, PA
Cost: $0.00

There are many competing priorities for small business owners. However, taking care of the people in your organization is critical to growing a successful business. At this seminar, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss ideas, and learn HR best practices. You’ll return to your place of business armed with resources you can easily reference for additional information and insights.

Learn how to:

  • implement best HR practices to help keep your organization out of hot water
  • create unbiased, accurate, and defensible documentation
  • navigate laws governing worker classification, pay, and other conditions of employment

About the presenter:

Kate Alward, SHRM, is the director of Human Resources and Training for Ben Franklin Technology Partners. In this role, she serves as an advisor to business leaders so they can manage and retain talent needed to execute their organization’s objectives. Kate is a Penn State alum with a degree in labor studies and has more than 25 years in human resource management and consulting.


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2019 sponsors

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Online Learning – Pennsylvania SBDC

If you are interested in learning more about business ownership and if it’s right for you — at your own pace, on your own time — then this webinar series by the Pennsylvania SBDC is made just for you:  First Step: Starting a Business.

There are more than 75 other online training programs that you may find valuable from a variety of other organizations — like the Small Business Administration, IRS, Intuit, and others. Topics to explore range from buying a business to strategic planning to take your high-tech product to market. Click here to view the training available.