Urban & Community Entrepreneurship Program (UCEP)

Thriving communities are built on the restaurants, shops, professional services, and other local businesses that make up those neighborhoods. UCEP is a resource for those business owners.


UCEP is committed to advancing entrepreneurship in underserved and moderate income communities and to help business leaders of today and tomorrow prosper. The focus of the Urban and Community Entrepreneurship Program is to help foster economic empowerment by investing in one individual, one job, and one business at a time.

Business Leadership education for small business owners

The Community Power to Prosper Program is designed to target established small business owners who are interested in managing their long-term growth and success. The no-cost program aims to increase revenue, profits, and number of employees for small businesses through a valuable six-month business education program. As an entrepreneur focused on your business you may feel isolated, but the challenges you face—everything from rising taxes to managing your employees—are shared by all small business owners. The University of Pittsburgh IEE’s wealth of resources can help your business build value and create a strong foundation for you and your community today.