Entrepreneurs may seek advice on how to get their small- and medium-sized businesses up and running. It’s unknown territory, so seeking advice from successful people who have been in your shoes is an excellent way to make sure you’re off to a good start in your new endeavors.
Luckily for you, two local university-run small business development centers are available to startups in the Pittsburgh area. The SBDC at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University SBDC provide entrepreneurs with tools to learn how to build successful businesses that will benefit the local economy.
The SBDC at Pitt provides consulting services in business plan development, human resource management, financial planning, and marketing. The best part? The team provides these consulting services at no cost to you. You may also attend workshops to ensure all aspects of the start-up process are achieved. Feel free to ask for help in choosing the right software package or developing a system that will meet your business needs.
The Duquesne SBDC offers consulting on a wealth of topics that include management, advertising, strategic planning and implementation, and even energy efficiency. Again, these consulting services are free of charge. In addition to the main office in Pittsburgh, Duquesne SBDC services are provided at outreach offices in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties. Workshops are provided periodically for small start-ups who seek help on how to take those first steps toward starting a business. They are hosted alternately between the main office and outreach locations.
Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of these resources. They are available for anyone considering entrepreneurial action, working to make a startup idea functional, or wishing to expand a business that has already been established.