Starting a Business

Thinking about Starting a Business?

The Wilkes University SBDC can help aspiring entrepreneurs in the following areas:

  • Feasibility/Idea Development
  • Education and Guidance about Starting a Business
  • Identifying and Navigating Licensing & Regulations
  • Business Planning
  • Identifying and Obtaining Financing
  • Gathering Research
  • Market Analysis and Marketing Plan Development
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Grand Openings and Planning

Here's how to get started:

1. Take the First Step.

Attend The First Step Express: How to Start and Finance Your Business. This no-cost, one-hour virtual training event is held monthly so you can choose a date and time that works best for you. After introducing you to the Wilkes SBDC and its services, we will cover:

  • Types of business structures
  • Licensing and registration
  • Types of financing
  • Business plan outline
  • Financial projections

Register for The First Step Express external website

2. Meet with a Wilkes University SBDC Business Consultant

After attending The First Step Express, sign up for a confidential one-on-one consultation with a Wilkes University SBDC business consultant to start putting your ideas into action!

Request Consulting external website

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.