Helping small businesses succeed

The mission of the Penn State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to grow the economy of western Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.

Founded in 1997, the Penn State SBDC is part of the Penn State Office of the Senior Vice President for Research. The Penn State SBDC is one of the sixteen university- and college-based SBDCs in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of America’s SBDC. The Pennsylvania SBDCs are the only statewide, nationally accredited program in Pennsylvania that provide high quality consulting, training, and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. The program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and Penn State University.

Business advising is provided by our staff of highly qualified consultants who have diverse experience operating and advising small businesses. The Penn State SBDC also taps the expertise of industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and business professionals to deliver its educational programs.
Tim Keohane
Chelsea Blair
Business Consultant
Martin Brill
Agricultural Center of Excellence Coordinator
Elizabeth Fegert
Business Consultant
Tom Keiffer
Business Consultant
Theresa Krise
Administrative Assistant
Brandy Viehdorfer
Marketing and Event Coordinator
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Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration; by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development; and in part through support from Penn State and other sources. All services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 814-863-4293 at least two weeks in advance. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

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