Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Through the Widener Small Business Development Center, you will gain hands-on experience helping businesses start and grow.
Named SAP Next-Gen Lab for Design Thinking and Analytics
The only SBDC nationwide to earn this designation
Winner of the 2019 PA Excellence and Innovation Award
Selected from 18 small business development centers in PA in recognition of our innovative approach to helping clients start and grow their businesses.
hours of consulting
Clients made $13 million in capital investments.
jobs created, added, or retained
Our center was designated a Next-Gen Lab for Design Thinking and Analytics by SAP. We became the first SBDC in the country to achieve this designation. And the U.S. Small Business Administration presented us with the 2019 Innovation and Excellence Award for exceeding our goals and in recognition of our practices.
SBDC Programs & Resources for Clients
The SBDC Success Lab is an active, creative, and collaborative space where entrepreneurs engage in mission specific and outcome-driven activities to build and grow their business. Consultants use new tools, new attitudes, and bring new expectations into the Small Business Success Lab, which has been designated a SAP Next-Gen Lab for design thinking and analytics.
The Lab was physically designed to extract the very best results by enhancing client-consultant engagement and by inspiring entrepreneurs to take control of the four dimensions of the room.
Meetings don’t exist; they've been replaced with Strat Chats and active-consulting engagements. Every active-consulting engagement is mission specific, results oriented, and yields actionable takeaways.
The Growth Academy is where established entrepreneurs acquire new skills to innovate and grow. There is no magic bullet for success. Our Design, Test, Learn, and Evolve process will help you grow by doing, not planning. Begin the Process. Get skills. Take a Workshop.
Our clients invested over $20 million in capital to grow their businesses in the last 3 years. Join them by using our services to improve your team, clearly understand customers, create better products and services, and grow your business. SBDC offers a host of educational programs and workshops.
Under the Environmental Management Assistance Program, SBDC partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to offer environmental services for small businesses statewide.
Funded by the U.S Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), our mission is to assist businesses learn how to be successful selling to government agencies (federal, state, and local). We provide education and counseling at no cost to our client companies.
There are more than 300 PTAC locations nationwide. Our center serves Delaware County and the Greater Philadelphia area. Widener is member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) with additional resources.