Rep. Matthew Cartwright

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

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

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 922
Women- and Jointly-Owned 68%
Veterans 7%
Minorities 13%
Total Consulting Hours Provided 8,094
Businesses Started 63
Jobs Saved 244
Jobs Created 289
Client-Obtained Financing $11,781,299
Assets Preserved $1,112,055

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
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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
(484) 646-4264

Lehigh University SBDC

(610) 758-3980

University of Scranton SBDC

(570) 941-7588

Wilkes University SBDC

(570) 408-4340