The Penn State SBDC is responding to the rapidly changing economy with new and specialized programs. Examples of these programs include:
- Government Marketing Assistance Program — To help companies sell to federal, state, local and quasi-government agencies, the Government Marketing Assistance Program provides a computerized bid lead program, and assistance in marketing products and services to government, proposal preparation, and contract compliance. The program saves businesses time and money by matching a firm's good and services with bids and leads published in the Commerce Business Daily and The Pennsylvania Bulletin, as well as requests for small bids from the Defense Logistics Agency and various other government agencies.
- International Trade — To help companies export Pennsylvania products and services, the International Business Assistance Program helps companies in assessing their international trade readiness; evaluating their products or services for export potential; identifying the best foreign market opportunities; developing strategic and marketing plans; identifying foreign sales agents and distributors; planning market entry strategies; explaining international trade procedures and regulations; providing information on technical standards and export/import documentation; determining sources of trade financing and risk management; identifying trade mission and trade show opportunities; and determining import restrictions, duties, and tariffs.
- Technology Commercialization Assistance — The Technology Commercialization Assistance Program assists high growth and technology firms with sophisticated business management issues including alternative financing, human resources, patents and trade marketing, intellectual property, and product commercialization. Cooperating with their host institutions, the Technology Commercialization Assistance Program also helps struggling U.S. Department of Defense contractors locate markets outside of the Department of Defense.
- Agribusiness — Ever considered taking an old family recipe and producing it on a commercial scale? Or maybe you are a small farmer with dairy cows, and you want to start selling cheese products. If you currently have, or are considering starting, your own small farm-based agribusiness or food specialty business, the SBDC can help your business grow and succeed.
- Veterans — The PASBDC provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for veterans owning or considering starting a small business.
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Did you know we offer free help with grand openings and ribbon cuttings? A grand opening represents an important time for your newly launched business, an opportunity for the entrepreneur to share their new venture with the community. By working with your Penn State SBDC, business owners and entrepreneurs gain access to the information and resources needed to hold a successful grand opening or ribbon-cutting event.
Contact Laurie Linton at email@example.com or 814-863-7374 for more information.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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 (SBA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), private sponsor and through support from Penn State. All services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 814-863-4293. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.
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