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The Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center provides no-cost, confidential consulting to small businesses and to individuals who are interested in starting a small business in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Sullivan Counties. Our main office is located at 85 South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, but consultants regularly visit our outreach partners in Hazleton, Lehighton, Bloomsburg, Pottsville, and Sullivan County.

Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
238 Market Street
Bloomsburg, PA  17815
The Greater Hazleton Chamber
20 West Broad Street
Hazleton, PA 18201
Carbon County Chamber
and Economic Development
137 South Street
Lehighton, PA 18235

Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce
Union Station - One Progress Circle, Suite 201
Pottsville, PA 17901

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an existing business owner in Pennsylvania, the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers FREE individualized consulting, from start up to established businesses. We offer expertise and keen insights essential to helping you manage your concerns today, and design solid, long-range plans to secure your vision for tomorrow.

Events and Training Programs

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.

SBDC training programs are designed with you in mind. They are presented by local business leaders from many professional disciplines to help you develop the planning, management, and financial skills necessary to make your business thrive. By leveraging the resources of professionals in the community, we are able to offer a wide range of high-quality workshops and courses at no cost, or a nominal fee. Check out our events calendar today!

Due to the high demand for our services, new clients are required to take part in The First Step seminar as an entry point for our assistance. Existing business owners should call the SBDC at 570-408-4340 to schedule an individual appointment.

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Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development;  through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Wilkes University.  All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 570-408-4340.  All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if your become federally debarred or suspended in the future.