The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), its partners, and a host of other organizations provide resources to help you start or grow your business. 

Starting and growing a business requires extensive planning, preparation and hard-work. You will have many questions as you go through the process of running your own business.  But before you speak with a professional SBDC consultant, or attend an SBDC educational event, you may  want to explore certain topics your own.

We have organized this section to provide you with the latest resources and useful, practical information to help you get started.

Online Learning

If you're interested in learning more about business ownership and if its right for you -- at  your own pace, during  your own time -- then this online workshop is made just for you: 

There are several other self-paced tutorials and programs online and we organized these for you in one convenient place:

Business Loans

The Small Business Development Centers do not loan money or provide financing. But the Pennsylvania SBDC is experienced in creating the best strategy to help small business owners secure the right kind of capital required for their business.


Check out this section for more information and resources on taxes and how you can effectively manager them for your small business:

Small Business Statistics

As experts in Small Business, we often find ourselves helping education others on the importance of small businesses and the role they play in growing the Pennsylvania and national economy.


The Pennsylvania SBDC manages two web sites that help business owners conserve resources by fostering an exchange network

Voter Resources

Let your voice be heard! Small businesses need a voice in government. We have organized information for you to contact elected-officials and resources to help you educate yourself on the issues that matter most.

Special Topics

There are a variety of other special topic resources that you may find valuable. Resources for the recently unemployed, emergency response and planning, recession tips and resources for Woman-owned businesses.


You've got questions. And we got answers. Check out our section on Frequently Asked Questions that cover a range of small business topics: 

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