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The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops for small businesses and those who are thinking of starting a business in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Our primary offices are located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.


Duquesne University

Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103


Phone: (412) 396-6233

Fax: (412) 396-5884


Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:30 PM


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Unemployed and looking to start a business? Learn About the Venture Into Entrepreneurship (VIE) program:


The no-cost 4-day training program consists of consulting/mentoring sessions to assist in transitioning from unemployment into entrepreneurship. This program will connect those who are unemployed, but considering entrepreneurship as their next career move, with resources that will allow them to get started.


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Are you about to start a business? The SBDC can help:


1st: New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without  previous business experience can start working with the Small Business Development Center by attending our "First Step: Business Start-up Essentials" Workshop. These 2-3 hour workshops are offered in several locations - our offices at Duquesne University, as well as Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties.



2nd: After attending the First Step: Business Essentials Workshop, take a look at the additional resources our SBDC has made available for start-ups -

3rd: After attending the workshop and reviewing our additional resources, if you still have questions about starting a business, you have the option to complete a "Request for Consulting" form. Once the form is received, you will be contacted by a business consultant within 10 business days to schedule an appointment.


Already have your own business? Find ways to grow it here.





Thinking of being your own boss?

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses...

  • Represent over 99% of all employers.
  • Employ 52% of the private workers.
  • Employ 38% of the private workers in high-tech occupations.
  • Represent 96% of all exporters of goods.
  • Receive 35% of federal contract dollars.
  • Are home-based 53% of the time.

Entrepreneurs often feel overwhelmed about starting a business. They often have questions like:

  • Will I be profitable?
  • Can I afford to quit my job?
  • How do I get a loan?
  • Where do I find customers?
  • What is a business plan?