SBDC helped firms create, save jobs

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Shippensburg University had another successful year helping area businesses create jobs, save jobs and increase sales.

SBDC provides free confidential consulting and low cost training in proven management fundamentals helping small business owners and potential entrepreneurs make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business. It serves Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York Counties.

Among its many services are entrepreneurial assessment and pre-business and business planning seminars for those individuals who want general information on starting a business, or who are in the initial start-up phase. Other services include one-on-one consulting in business planning, marketing and promotion, financial analysis, accounting, record keeping, human resources, strategic planning and new market diversification.

Following is information on SBDC’s operations for the year that ended June 30:

  • Number of clients: 365
  • Consulting hours: 3,217
  • Increase in sales by clients: $4,378,557
  • Capital formation by clients: $1,699,321
  • Number of workshops: 50
  • Number of workshop attendees: 682
  • Businesses started by clients: 38
  • Businesses purchased by clients: 2
  • Jobs created: 121
  • Jobs saved: 154

The most popular consulting topics were business start-up assistance, business plans, marketing/sales, managing a business, financial/capital and engineering/research and development.

The university’s SBDC is part of a state-wide network of colleges and university centers which is a joint venture of federal, state, and private sector agencies and organizations including the US Small Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. Each agency, along with Shippensburg University, contributes to the financial support of the program.

For more information, contact the SBDC at 477-1935, by e-mail at or at its website at