Specialized services to meet unique small business needs

By leveraging the expertise of PASBDC business consultants, university partners, and industry experts, the SBDC offers small business assistance in areas requiring specialized knowledge and experience.

Specialized Services
The PASBDC Environmental Management Assistance Program

Provides statewide, no-cost and confidential assistance with environmental regulations. EMAP environmental consultants work with SBDCs through a business-to-business exchange, the Pennsylvania Material Trader, to helps small businesses “Go Green” and become more sustainable.

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Government Marketing and Procurement

Government marketing services are available to help PA businesses diversify sales streams and procure contracts with the federal, state, local and quasi-government agencies. Business owners can register with government databases, find contracts, and gain feedback on proposals through Pennsylvania SBDC’s online Bid Match service, the Southeast Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

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International Business

PASBDC consultants can help business owners develop and implement exporting strategies for increased sales. Services offered include helping companies assess their international trade readiness, evaluate products or services for export potential, identify market opportunities, identify sales agents and distributors, and review trade procedures and regulations.

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Technology Assistance

Pennsylvania SBDCs assist small businesses looking to determine the viability of technologies, obtain financing, or introduce new technologies to market. SBDC consultants work closely with Innovation Partnership (IPart), a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations located throughout Pennsylvania whose goal is to help early-stage technology companies secure federal funding opportunities.

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Student Entrepreneurs

In addition to our core consulting services, the Penn State SBDC works with student entrepreneurs interested in turning an idea into a business. The Penn State entrepreneurial ecosystem provides a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities.


An Innovative Idea with No Strings Attached
Dana Hendrie was working as a 5-star rated tour guide in New York City when the pandemic hit and tourism hut down. Learn how Dana worked with the SBDC to develop a business plan to launch her business.
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