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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) 396-1633

Fax: (412) 396-5884


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


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F.A.Q.: General Questions

What is the SBDC?


      The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center offers confidential, individualized consulting to small business owners and individuals interested in establishing a business in Southwestern Pennsylvania.


      The basic consulting services are delivered through outreach programs in cooperation with on-site organizations in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties as well as in the SBDC's downtown Pittsburgh office. In conjunction with other organizations and agencies, the SBDC also sponsors management training seminars and programs which present timely information at a low cost to small business owners.



Where is the Duquesne SBDC located?


      The Duquesne University SBDC has its main office located at


      Duquesne University

      108 Rockwell Hall 600 Forbes Ave 

      Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103


      There are also outreach offices located in Beaver County, Butler County, Lawrence County, Cranberry Township, New Castle.



What are your hours of operation?


      The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center's normal hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Of course, you're able to access our web site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



What is the cost for SBDC services?


      There is no charge for SBDC consulting services. The SBDC is a non-profit organization that is funded on the federal level by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and on the state level by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Each agency, along with the host university, contributes to the financial support of the program. There are fees charged for seminars and workshops.



How can the SBDC help someone whose business has been established for some time?


      The SBDC provides specialized consulting in business planning, strategic planning, human resources, marketing and promotion, financial analysis, and accounting. In addition, an International Trade program is available for firms that want to enter into or expand in the global marketplace. The Environmental Management Assistance Program provides compliance assistance related to environmental health and safety regulations, as well as energy efficiency assessments.



How can the SBDC help someone just thinking of starting a business?


      The SBDC offers "First Step Business Essentials", a pre-business seminar for $25.00 , for those individuals who want general information on starting a business, or who are in the initial start-up phase. These seminars provide the basis for getting a business up and running. Upon completion of the "First Step" seminar, individual consulting services will be available if needed.



What is required to meet with a consultant?


      If you have no business experience you are required to attend the "First Step Business Essentials" seminar, which is offered once a month. If you have previous business experience you need to fill out a Request for Consulting form. After this, you will be assigned to a consultant



How soon can I see a consultant once all of the requirements are fulfilled?


      Once we receive your completed Request for Consulting and Business Questionnaire, a consultant typically will contact you within 7-10 business days.



What can I expect from my Consultant?


      At your initial meeting, your consultant will review your business or proposal, determine a course of action and identify tasks that both of you will be responsible for completing. Your consultant will then follow up with an engagement letter detailing your meeting and listing the items that both of you will be working on, along with an estimated time frame for completion.



Can you help me if my business is set up as a not-for-profit business?


      Because of the SBDC's funding guidelines, we are not able to assist those businesses that are established as not-for-profit.




What basic skills do I need to run a business?


      The basic skills include a working knowledge of recordkeeping, financial management, personnel management, market analysis, product or service knowledge; federal, state and local tax knowledge, legal structures and communication skills.