Small Business Workshops

Small Business Workshops offer free guidance to entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding their business. The assistance offered at these workshops varies from simple yet beneficial advice, all the way to financial and managerial assistance. There are several programs offered within Washington County and surrounding counties to aid small business entrepreneurs. These workshops provide you with tips and advice for your small business.

Seton Hill University E-Magnify

Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify program has the mission statement to “strengthen the economic impact of women business owners as a collective force and to advance their growth through innovative programming in entrepreneurship and new venture creation.” As a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) women’s business center, E-Magnify provides direct client counseling, training and mentoring services. E-Magnify extends their services throughout Western Pennsylvania to women who desire economic opportunity and social equality. The E-Magnify website provides a variety of tools applicable to small business entrepreneurs like a business plan template, business events calendar, business directory, online resources directory, networking groups directory, and a SBA business readiness assessment tool. Call or email for more assistance and directions to the campus or Pittsburgh offices.

For more information:

1 Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone: 724-830-4625

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Building on Chatham University’s tradition of educating world-ready women for over 120 years, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005.

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) and SCORE Pittsburgh partner to present a “Small Business Basics” workshop to women interested in starting their own business or expanding their current business. Industry experts will discuss business planning, financing, bookkeeping, marketing, and legal issues pertaining to small business. The workshop is informal, and questions from the participants are solicited and encouraged throughout to help each participant receive the knowledge they need.

For more information:

Braun Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-365-1253

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Business Planning

The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. The SBDC that services Washington County is located in Pittsburgh on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The SBDC offers significant technical assistance for business owners including instruction on business planning, budgeting, business growth, and business financial packaging. Another business resource located with the regional SBDC in Latrobe is SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a volunteer-driven organization providing technical assistance and workshops for business owners.

For more information:

Small Business Administration
411 Seventh Ave. Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-395-6560
Fax: 412-395-6562
TDD: 412-395-6563

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Business Finance Program

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) offers a Business Finance program to aid small business entrepreneurs with their business expansion and development projects. SPC acts
as a public partner to reduce the risk for local lenders and works with community-based economic development entities to create comprehensive loan packages for small businesses to obtain low- interest loans.

For more information:

425 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-391-5590 x322

University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center

The University of Pittsburgh now offers guidance to small business owners, whether you are starting your business or planning to grow your current small business. If
you are just starting a business the University of Pittsburgh SBDC offers workshops such as “The First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business” and “The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan.” For business owners looking to expand and grow, they offer free consulting services to help identify areas of growth, avoid pitfalls, and provide industry expertise. The University of Pittsburgh SBDC is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The majority of the programs and services offered are located at
the Oakland branch but there is a Washington County location.

For more information:

Please contact John Dobransky directly at 412-624-2290 or visit

University of Pittsburgh Oakland
230 S. Bouquet St
1800 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-648-1542

Washington County Outreach
273 South Main Street
Washington, PA 15301

Phone: 724-229-8078

Southwestern PA SCORE

SCORE is a national, non-profit, organization driven to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses, start, grow, and succeed. Southwestern PA SCORE is located in Uniontown, PA. SCORE is a valuable association that has offered small business entrepreneurs in the area and nationwide confidential business counseling services at no charge. Southwestern PA SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Make the staff and volunteers at SCORE part of your business development plan.

For more information:

140 N. Beeson Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401

Phone: 724-437-4222

Additional Resources

Banking On Business Program

Banks are sometimes unable to lend money to small businesses — especially start-ups — that lack sufficient equity or cash flow. But with FHLBank Pittsburgh’s Banking On Business (BOB) program to help these deals meet your lending standards, financial institutions are more willing to provide loans.

Delivered through member financial institutions, BOB funding helps eligible small businesses with start- up and expansion. Each BOB dollar FHLBank contributes will likely leverage an additional $6 in financial resources to small businesses in the region, thereby creating or retaining jobs and improving local communities.

BOB offers recoverable assistance to be leveraged with member financing to help small businesses that need it most. Since 2000, FHLBank has funded more than $47 million in BOB funding to assist small businesses in our district, creating or retaining more than 6,700 jobs.

Find out details and application information at

USDA Rural Development

The success of any long range community development plan must include jobs. For this reason, USDA Rural Development provides an array of programs and services which focus on the creation of jobs in rural areas.

Find out more about the grant and loan programs available on-line at PA_Business.html