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Five Centers working towards one mission

The IEE educates and serves entrepreneurs through personalized support at every step of the business lifecycle. We achieve our mission to be an innovative leader of economic development through five main centers:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC works with businesses of all sizes and at all stages, whether just starting out or looking to expand a successful enterprise. Our resources include workshops and no cost consulting services that help establish, launch, and grow small businesses.

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PantherlabWorks Helping ideas build their space in the market

PantherlabWorks is the premier resource for innovative companies in Western Pennsylvania looking to bring new technologies, services, and products into the marketplace. PLW serves entrepreneurs from small batch producers starting a business to established businesses expanding their product lines.

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Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program Good for business, Good for the community.

The Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program (UCEP) helps entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of starting businesses in distressed and underserved neighborhoods and exurban “Main Street” business districts through four major resources: Educational Workshops, the Community Power to Prosper Program, Consulting Services, and Collaborative Partnerships.

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Entrepreneurial Fellows Class Planning for growth. Planning for the next generation.

EFC is a competitive, year-long certificate program open to CEOs, founders, and business leaders looking to enhance their knowledge and expertise in managing and growing their businesses. Participants benefit from custom-designed programs and materials, individually matched mentoring, and opportunities for peer learning and sharing—all while building leadership skills for sustained success.

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IEE Membership A growing network of western PA business leaders

Membership with The IEE provides business leaders with opportunities for personal and professional growth through education, networking, customized consulting and custom-matched peer forums. Membership levels vary in order to meet the specific needs of established entrepreneurs, families in business, and strategic level executives working in businesses generating yearly revenue $1MM and up.

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