Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The University of Pittsburgh’s SBDC, part of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, is a resource for small business owners that provides consulting, workshops, and other specialty business-building support at all stages of the business lifecycle.

What We Do


The Small Business Development Center offers various workshops throughout the year, including our monthly flagship workshops that will help you start your own business: First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business and Second Step: Developing a Business Plan.

View our upcoming SBDC workshops

General Business Consulting

We provide best-in-class small business consulting services that develop, grow and strengthen your business. Our consulting arrangements are strictly confidential and are provided by highly-skilled professionals at no charge. If you are exploring the idea of entrepreneurship, working to get your start-up off the ground, or considering opportunities to grow and develop your established business, we are here to help. With expertise in every industry and every stage of the business lifecycle, our professional staff offers expert advice in a wide range of areas. Learn more about what we offer and the experience our SBDC Consultants bring to the table.

Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP)

As a program of the SBDC, EMAP provides small businesses with the answers and assistance they need to effectively manage their environmental concerns and reduce regulatory risks. EMAP’s environmental compliance services include:

  • on-site assessments
  • emissions calculations
  • permit applications and plans,
  • and more.

International Trade Consulting

Looking to expand into new countries and markets? Our international trade consultant can aid all small business owners with gaining access to new markets to sell into or purchase from.

Technology Consulting

Wondering about what software package to buy? Should you invest in new computers? What is a CRM system? Our technology consultants will enhance your business by developing a competitive technology system which supports your company’s goals.

Spanish Language Consulting

A dedicated Spanish-speaking consultant at Pitt SBDC helps encourage immigrant entrepreneurship through programs and full consulting services in their native or preferred language.