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Where Small Businesses Can Go for Help

Where can I obtain information or go for assistance?

For the aspiring business owner, there are numerous resources available that can help walk you through the entire process. Today, you can find a wealth of information online that will point you in the right direction. Other resources include libraries and government agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA also funds local counseling, training and information services available through organizations such as the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Business Information Centers (BICs) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).

The following information is a partial list of resources for the aspiring business owner in Pennsylvania:

Entrepreneurial Assistance Office of the Department of Community and Economic Development
1-833-722-6778

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network
State Director’s Office
Vance Hall
3733 Spruce Street
Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-898-1219
Fax: 215-573-2135

Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Telephone: 412-396-6233
Fax: 412-396-5884

Small Business Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
Katz Graduate School of Business
Bellefield Hall
Room 208
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone: 412-648-1544
Fax: 412-648-1636

Small Business Development Center at St. Vincent College
St. Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
Telephone: 724-537-4572
Fax: 724-537-0919

Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Forum Building
Room 374
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Telephone: 1-833-722-6778

Pittsburgh District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
411 Seventh Avenue
Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-395-6560
Fax: 412-395-6562

Diversity Resource Center (sponsored in part by the North Side Civic Development Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration)
Riverside Commons
Innovation Center
700 River Avenue
Suite 510
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Telephone: 412-322-3272

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Pittsburgh District Office
411 Seventh Avenue
Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-395-6560
Fax: 412-395-6562

What are the next steps once you have completed your research and business plan?

After you have gathered your research, put all the pieces together and completed your business plan, it is time to turn your dream into reality. The wise thing to do is to have someone review your business plan before you put it into action. It is very important to fine-tune your business plan so that there are no lingering issues. Once you have covered all the bases in your business plan, then it is time to move ahead! Depending on your circumstances, you may need to go to the bank, a government agency or a local development company for financial assistance. The best advice is to be prepared and do your homework ahead of time.

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