Business Training

Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to build and grow a successful business.

Business Training with PENN STATE SBDC

Penn State SBDC’s free or low-cost training programs provide practical information on a wide variety of business topics and are designed to teach basic business skills as well as more advanced and specific business management strategies. Many programs feature experts and leaders from industry, government, higher education, and professional associations.


Develop a Comprehensive Business Plan

The Penn State SBDC Business Plan Bootcamp is a 6-week accelerator program designed to take entrepreneurs and business owners through the complete journey of writing a comprehensive business plan. A well-written business plan outlines the primary purpose of a business, designs plans for the future, identifies a unique value proposition, and lays out a financial roadmap to success. With a strong business plan, you can obtain bank financing and/or attract investors, recruit and retain employees, and operate a successful business.

During the 6-week program, participants will attend 4 virtual training sessions, receive 4 one-on-one virtual coaching sessions, and get free access to LivePlan, a complete business planning tool. Upon completion of the program, participants will have a comprehensive and attractive business plan along with a pitch deck that quickly communicates their business idea to potential clients and investors.

Participation is by application only. Applications are due December 29 and selected entrepreneurs/business owners will be notified of their acceptance on or before January 3.

Program Dates:

  • January 9, 10 am – Noon: 1st group coaching session
  • January 16, 10 am – Noon: 2nd group coaching session
  • January 23, 10 am – Noon: 3rd group coaching session
  • January 30, 10 am – Noon: 4th group coaching session
  • February 13, 10 am – Noon: Final pitch competition

Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, managed by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), celebrates relationships between members of Penn State University and local entrepreneurial communities. Join us for in-person and virtual presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities geared specifically to local entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups, and innovators. Events are hosted in Centre, Clinton, Mifflin, and Lycoming counties, as well as within Penn State campus communities.

2024 Program Dates: November 18 – 24
Learn More About GEW at Penn State