ABOUT WILKES UNIVERSITY SBDC

Helping businesses start, grow, and prosper.

EMPOWERING SMALL BUSINESSES

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center aims to empower small businesses throughout our area.

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OUR MISSION

Empower entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge they need to start, grow and prosper.

OUR VISION

Our work will have a positive, transformational, and lasting impact on aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

HOW WILKES UNIVERSITY SBDC CAN ASSIST YOU

No-Cost, Confidential Consulting Services

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping you start and grow your business. We provide confidential consulting and market and industry research to help aspiring and existing small businesses make sound decisions for successful operations.

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No-Cost and Low-Cost Business Training

The SBDC also offers a comprehensive range of training courses and programs. Our in-person and online courses offer an excellent way to work training into your busy schedule. Our professional development sessions will not only provide you with invaluable knowledge, but by sharing ideas and issues with entrepreneurs with similar experiences, you will also have the opportunity to establish beneficial professional relationships.

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Wilkes University SBDC Team

Headshot of Dorothy Lane, Director of Wilkes University Small Business Development Center

Dorothy Lane


Director

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Jackie Escobar, Business Consultant for Wilkes Small Business Development Center, headshot

Jackie Escobar

Business Consultant

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Elizabeth Geeza, Program Coordinator for The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center

Elizabeth Geeza

Educational Programming & Marketing Coordinator

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Headshot of Kristin Sassi, Business Consultant for Wilkes University Small Business Development Center

Kristin Sassi

Consultant Manager

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Headshot of Lucy Singer, Business Consultant for Wilkes University Small Business Development Center

Lucy Singer

Business Consultant

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OUR GOALS

Grow Our Markets

  • develop pipelines for financial deals, growth clients, and high impact start-ups
  • nurture businesses within strategically targeted growing and emerging industries

Continuously Improve

  • advance as a well-managed, functionally integrated, programmatically and administratively compliant statewide organization
  • increase sources of additional organizational funding
  • don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

Build Economically Vibrant Communities

  • create meaningful new partnerships with relevant stakeholders and leverage those relationships to provide better client service
  • assist entrepreneurs in starting and growing businesses

Provide Proven, Trustworthy Advice

  • expand the delivery and marketing of our consulting and training services, paying attention to people and communities where we can make a positive impact