Overall privacy statement
The Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) respects and values your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you choose to share with us. We understand that the collection and dissemination of personally identifiable information may be of concern to users of the site. We are committed to the protection of this information and will assure your privacy when participating in Wharton SBDC activities on our website. Because the website gathers certain types of information, users should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and release of that information. The following discloses information gathering and dissemination practices for the Wharton SBDC.
The site’s course registration and request for counseling forms require users to provide contact information and other personal information. This information is encrypted using secure encryption technology before transmission over the internet. We make every effort to ensure that whatever information you provide will be maintained in a secure environment.
How we use it
The Wharton SBDC uses your information to better understand your needs and provide you with better service. Specifically, we use your information to communicate with you, to update you on service and benefits, and to improve our website for you.
Sharing of information
The Wharton SBDC generally does not share personally identifiable information with any other entities. However, users are advised that information maintained by the Wharton SBDC may be disclosed in connection with judicial or administrative proceedings or if in the sole discretion of the Wharton SBDC disclosure is necessary to protect the Wharton SBDC or the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Aggregate information may be shared with the sponsors of the Wharton SBDC in order to describe the demographics of users who see the sponsors’ logos on the site.
We collect the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail and information volunteered by visitors to our website on pages which request an e-mail address. The information we collect is used by us to contact our audience for marketing purposes. You may also receive mailings from other reputable organizations with whom we cooperatively market. If you do not want to receive e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by sending e-mail to us at the below address or calling us at the below number or writing to us at the below address and telling us that you do not want to receive e-mail from our organization. You will need to tell us the e-mail addresses at which you do not wish to receive our electronic correspondence.
The Wharton SBDC is committed to ensuring the security of your information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place appropriate technical and administrative procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. As described above, we use encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information
We provide links to other websites that may have privacy policies that are different from ours and that are not affiliated with the Wharton SBDC or the University of Pennsylvania. The linkages are provided as a courtesy, to be used or not at the discretion of the individual user. These links do not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship of the third parties that operate those websites. The Wharton SBDC is not responsible for the availability or reliability of the content of these third party websites. While we try to link only to sites and services that share our high standards and respect for privacy, if users decide to follow those links, the Wharton SBDC cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and content of those sites. Users should contact the coordinator of the particular site with any questions about those sites.
Change in Policy
Contacting the website
For any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or users’ dealings with this site, users can contact the Wharton SBDC.
Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, and through support from The University of Pennsylvania. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 215.898.4861. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.