Pittsburgh University SBDC is leading the effort to provide professional supply chain management experience, expertise and knowledge to clients at a level appropriate for small business development. Our mission is to assist with transforming this vital function from simply an expense to be minimized into a customer-driven asset providing operational and financial excellence, market differentiation and competitive advantage. The supply chain consulting function within the Pittsburgh University SBDC offers the following services and capabilities:

  • Consulting services that provide counsel and perspective to clients who are facing supply chain related challenges
  • Programs and supply chain related content that can provide actionable information and ideas to clients
  • Ability to foster business development, revenue growth, and improved profitability of small and entrepreneurial businesses through development of supply chain processes
  • Planning, procurement, operations, inventory management, distribution and logistics related to supply chain management
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Supply chain management greatly impacts the overall success of a business.

  • The effectiveness of the supply chain impacts overall revenue.
  • The efficiency of the supply chain impacts overall profitability.
  • The level and management of inventory impacts overall cash flow and return on assets.


A supply chain can best be defined as an integrated network of people, activities, information, and resources involved with the transformation of raw materials and components into tangible products or services. It is a function that determines how businesses can most efficiently and strategically match supply with consumer demand. Any business that sells products or services can benefit from supply chain consulting.

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The goal of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Essentials for Success training program is to ensure diverse small businesses are ready to enter into and grow with supplier contracts with the UPMC system, as well as to be prepared for other small, mid-size, and large business client contracts and engagements. All clientele across our Pennsylvania network are welcome to attend the training program.

  • All business owners welcome, including: Minority, Veteran, Women, Disabled, LGBTQ
  • All industries welcome, including: Manufacturing, Service, Retail, etc.
  • Attendees receive additional 350+ comprehensive business skills resources and materials to help improve overall business acumen
  • Trainings in PA provided at no cost to participants
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Since 2019, the UPMC Supplier Diversity and Inclusion program has teamed with the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide training to diverse small businesses through the UPMC Essentials for Success program. As part of the trainings, businesses (including minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBTQ-, and disabled veteran-owned) gain approval for access to UPMC’s Diverse Supplier portal, learn about business requirements, and receive resources to promote business growth.

The program provided a series of specialized classes for diverse vendors that have been in business for at least one full year and are new to doing business with UPMC. The classes helped suppliers improve their finance, marketing and other business skills, while obtaining approval to be listed on the UPMC Supplier Diversity Portal. That tool is used by buyers within the health system to find diverse vendors for a wide range of goods and services.

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More than 1,700 businesses have been trained through the UPMC Essentials for Success Program.


No-Cost Series Focused on Creating New Local Supplier Engagements with Small Businesses


Tuesday, October 25

  • Learn about the bidding process
  • Start to secure new contracts
  • Develop new relationships

SPECIALZIED SESSIONSNew contracts for the following services:

Tuesday, November 1

  • Clean Out/Disposal, Janitorial, Pest Control, Window Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, November 15

  • Painting, Electrical

January/February TBD

  • Waste Removal, Recycling, Composting

All events to be hosted at University Club
123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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University of Pittsburgh SBDC

Supply Chain Center of Excellence

With the complexity of the supply chain process, The University of Pittsburgh SBDC works to foster connections, assist in development and expansion, and provide counsel and perspective to business owners seeking support in their supply chain strategy.

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