At the Wharton Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) we strive to help scalable start-ups and complex operating businesses grow and solve problems, all while educating students by applying coursework to practice.
We draw upon students' creative thinking, conceptual clarity, and pragmatic wisdom to augment our fundamentally data-driven approach. Rather than focus on abstract solutions that are difficult to relate to daily operating decisions, we guide our clients' strategic choices using data analysis and synthesis. With all of the immediacy, disarray, and resource constraints of growing businesses, clients have found this approach to yield actionable and impactful recommendations.
The Wharton SBDC conducts three separate consulting engagement periods: fall semester, spring semester, and the summer. Typically engagements follow the timeline outlined below.
Our vertical segments and the associated support system are shown below.