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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Widener University Small Business Development Center assists businesses start, grow and prosper. Our center provides one-on-one consulting services and delivers educational training programs to new and existing businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Widener SBDC is to grow the economy of Delaware and Philadelphia Counties by providing entrepreneurs with education, information, and the tools necessary to build successful businesses.

Early in 2019, Widener SBDC was designated as a NextGen Lab for Design Thinking and Analytics by SAP and became the first of 1100 SBDCs in the country to achieve this designation.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA), awarded Widener SBDC the 2019 Center of Innovation and Excellence Award for exceeding our goals and in recognition of best practices. Widener SBDC also received this recognition in 2013.

Specialty Programs and Services

Widener SBDC helps entrepreneurs start, grow and prosper through the following specialty programs and services:

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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The center helps businesses of all sizes market to the government – federal, state and local. Our counselling services, help entrepreneurs understand, apply, and comply with government contracts. As an added value to our clients, we provide free access to Bid Match opportunities. This program is funded by the United States Defense Logistics Agency.

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Small Business Environmental Assistance (EMAP) Program

EMAP provides free and confidential environmental compliance assistance to small businesses. Our environmental consultants will help you understand how to comply with regulatory requirements and assist with the preparation of plans and permit applications for start-up and existing businesses. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Center of Excellence Supporting Latino Entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania

The Center of Excellence for Inclusive and Sustainable Excellence Supporting Latino Entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania provides bilingual (Spanish / English) and bicultural business consulting services. This program is funded by the U.S. CARES ACT.

Center of Excellence in Healthcare and Life Sciences

The COE in Health and Life Sciences aims to:

  • Assist medium to large institutions in creating “quick win” innovation by harnessing the talent and insights of front-line staff so that concepts can be quickly vetted and where appropriate move rapidly to commercialization.
  • Assist healthcare entrepreneurs working outside of institutions with getting access to institutional support to validate and refine concepts.
  • Understand existing mechanisms for healthcare supply chains (during COVID-19) and assist entrepreneurs with market access.

This program is funded by the U.S. CARES ACT.

About Widener University

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Widener University is Our Host Institution

Situated on a welcoming and beautiful campus a short train ride from Center City, Philadelphia, Widener offers associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and law degrees across more than 60 programs—including highly ranked programs in nursing, engineering, social work, and the arts and sciences.

Our students are hardworking, self-motivated, and ambitious. They prepare for the future through hands-on internship, co-op, and research experiences. They learn from and collaborate with a faculty of respected leaders and influencers—professors who take a personal and individualized approach to teaching and career guidance.

Prepared for success by a university-wide focus on professional leadership development, our graduates enjoy fast starts and often advance to management positions, posting a median post-graduate salary well above the national average.

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Resource Partners

Widener SBDC is partially funded by the Department of Community & Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Widener University.

Cooperative Agreement

The Widener University SBDC is partially funded by a grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development and by the U.S. Small Business Administration under a Cooperative Agreement.

The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any of the cosponsor(s)’ or participants’ opinions, findings, conclusions, recommendations, products, or services.

Funding Partners

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 in part through support from Widener University.

All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 610-499-4109. 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 you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

All SBDC programs are non-discriminatory and open to the public. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested, at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Widener University SBDC at 1304 Walnut St. Chester PA, 19013, 610-499-4109.

The Widener University SBDC is a member of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers and the National Association of Small Business Development Centers.

About the Pennsylvania SBDC Network

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Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Network

Widener SBDC is a member of the Pennsylvania network of Small Business Development Centers (PASBDC) and the national Association of Small Business Development Centers  (ASBDC).

The Pennsylvania SBDC network services have helped small firms throughout the Commonwealth raise start-up and expansion capital, start new companies, and sell billions worth of Pennsylvania products and services throughout the world.  As a result, SBDC clients have created thousands of new jobs and generated millions in new state income tax revenue.

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Success Stories

Synergy Print Design

2021-06-18T16:12:49-04:00"Don’t be afraid to take that chance. You won’t ever be successful sitting at home thinking ‘Maybe I could do that’."| Russ Watkins|

Inner Drive

2021-06-18T16:07:31-04:00"I was drawn to my industry by a passion for fitness and a desire to offer some unique fitness programs."| Jennifer Ashbrook|

Ortho Pedal, LLC

2021-06-18T16:05:31-04:00"The real-world experience I gained working with Bill Moseley, gave me a solid foundation to build from, I could never gain from any textbook."| Billy Morgan (Student)|

Autocare Mobile Services

2021-10-22T11:01:36-04:00"I am motivated by the belief that vehicle maintenance affects road safety and it is my desire that Autocare becomes the first option for oil change and a leader in on-site automotive maintenance services, for the convenience of our valued customers."| Peter Sosi - Autocare Mobile Services|

Algebra By Hand, LLC

2021-06-18T16:05:32-04:00"Working with the young Widener team was a rare learning experience,” the 55-year-old Eiseman remarked. “They were driven, and I was impressed with their leadership skills. I simply shared my values and vision for my product, and we figured out how to make it a reality together with the help of Widener faculty."| Michael Eiseman - Algebra By Hand, LLC|

Silvia’s Bakery

2021-06-18T16:03:21-04:00"As a business owner I have gone through difficult challenges and I want to thank Widener SBDC for helping me navigate them. Via their services in Spanish I have been able to strengthen, innovate, manage, and expand my business."| Silvia Paulino|

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