CARES Act Funding will Enable SBDC to Help Small Business Impacted by COVID-19
Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been awarded CARES Act funding to expand its services to help small businesses deal with the challenges stemming from business disruption and damage by the current pandemic.
“We are proud of the role that the Duquesne SBDC is playing to help small businesses cope with the challenges posed by COVID-19 as well as support entrepreneurs pursuing emerging technologies in our region. This is important work that will make a difference and it aligns with what the School of Business is doing in response to the pandemic” said Duquesne University Palumbo-Donahue School of Business Dean, Dr. Dean McFarlin.
The funding will enable Duquesne’s SBDC to assist local small businesses to plan for the post-COVID-19 world, helping them address what they will need to do from health, organizational safety-prevention, and overall industrial perspective.
“With this additional funding, the SBDC will develop a Healthy Workplace Initiative, focusing on programs and services designed to keep employees healthy and safe,” said Duquesne SBDC Interim Director Rich Longo. “The initiative will be structured similarly to industrial healthcare programs for large companies, but will be adapted to small businesses.”
The funds also will be used to emphasize other growing areas in Pittsburgh.
“Western PA has become a hub for technology, inventions, and prototypes in the areas of healthcare, life sciences, and robotics,” said Longo. “Emerging entrepreneurs need assistance, guidance, and business expertise in getting from concept to establishing a profit-making business.”
Duquesne’s SBDC is one of nine centers to receive the funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration, passed through the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PASBDC).
“These nine centers presented competitive proposals for additional funding to deliver specialized services across the Pennsylvania network for the benefit of all PASBDC clients,” said Ernie Post, PASBDC state director. “The ability of individual centers with specialized expertise will highlight the benefit of the SBDC program functioning as the largest provider of business management assistance to all of our Pennsylvania small businesses.”
The Duquesne University SBDC provides no-cost business consulting for entrepreneurs in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Click here to request consulting, or contact the SBDC for additional help and information.