Rep. Matthew Cartwright

Counties Served: Carbon • Lackawanna • Luzerne • Monroe • Northampton • Schuylkill

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

The Pennsylvania SBDCs depend on continued federal and state funding to offer its services to constituents of the 17th districtIndependent research finds that Pennsylvania SBDC clients generate $3.09 in tax revenue for every $1 of federal funding the SBDC receives. Below are the most recent results for the 17th district.


Entrepreneurs Consulted 933
Women- and Jointly-Owned 68%
Veterans 5%
Minorities 12%
Total Consulting Hours Provided 9,410
Businesses Started 95
Jobs Saved 282
Jobs Created 268
Client-Obtained Financing $15,594,912
Assets Preserved $1,242,885

To learn more about how this data is collected, visit the Pennsylvania SBDC’s data integrity process webpage.


The Pennsylvania SBDC is an accredited member of America’s Small Business Development Center Network. Hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 service centers are available nationwide to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.   

Every federal dollar invested in SBDCs in 2013-14 created $2.31 in federal revenue and $3.17 in state revenue.  Additional information on America’s SBDC can be found below:

County Population # of Small Businesses % Small Businesses
Carbon 65,249 4,374 99.93
Lackawanna 214,437 16,714 99.89
Luzerne 320,918 23,555 99.92
Monroe 169,842 13,499 99.94
Northampton 297,735 22,892 99.93
Schuylkill 148,289 9,655 99.93
    • center statewide map colored


The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses.  The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth.

District Contacts:

Pennsylvania SBDC Network

State Director
(215) 898-1219

Lehigh University SBDC

(610) 758-3980

University of Scranton SBDC

(570) 941-7588

Wilkes University SBDC
Dorothy Lane
(570) 408-4340

Developing Your Business Plan and Financial Projections

Targeting the World's Largest Buyer Webinar Series - Marketing to Contracting Officers

  • Center: Lehigh University SBDC
  • Price: No Cost
  • Location: Online, , PA 18015
Join the Lehigh SBDC/PTAC over lunch to focus your government contracting strategy and learn about the tools available to you. Each webinar will cover a specific topic more in-depth and demonstrate how to use the various resources. Additionally, these FREE webinars…

Making It Legal- Structure, Licensing & Registration