The Wharton SBDC has three principal programs which serve most small businesses and students:
Through the Business Building Program, each year a team of MBA candidates and experienced professionals develop a customized program for each of approximately 500 entrepreneurs who are starting or growing a business. Anchoring on their business goals, entrepreneurs take advantage of workshops and individual consultations to achieve their near-term business goals, such as writing a business plan, financing a business, developing a cash flow-based plan to grow their business or developing a marketing plan based on discovering their customers’ real willingness to purchase.
Through the High Impact Growth Consulting Program, approximately 60 undergraduate and MBA students, following a competitive application process, work with more than 65 client businesses to help CEOs overcome strategic challenges and propel their companies’ growth. In exchange, the “student consultants” gain valuable experience and refine their analytical and leadership skills. The High Impact Growth Consulting Practice is led by the Wharton SBDC’s experienced professional staff with the support of Wharton faculty, senior advisors, Client Services staff, and Partners.
Through Wharton Course Projects, the WSBDC leverages its deep relationships with regional CEOs to structure more than 35 projects each year for courses across the School, including Leadership and Teamwork, Consumer Behavior, Consulting to High-Growth Companies and the Lauder Institute’s MBA Global Knowledge Lab. Through these projects, Wharton faculty and teaching assistants guide teams of Wharton students in highly structured projects defined by their course objectives and designed to benefit local small businesses.
The Wharton SBDC Program for Early Stage Businesses begins with the First Step Workshop.
The Wharton SBDC Program for Established Businesses starts by filling out the Request Business Consulting Services form. Please fill out this form and a member of our staff will reach out with next steps within 5 business days.
Early Stage Businesses: An early stage entrepreneur is beginning to build his/her business or has a deep commitment to starting one. He/she is interested in understanding what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, how to conceptualize the details of a product idea, how to write an effective business plan, and how to compare the various options for financing.
Established Businesses: An entrepreneur with an established business is generating income from an existing business with substantial and predictably recurring sales. He or she is facing a business transformation or otherwise considering a new opportunity to increase sales and/or rationalize costs.
Growth Consulting Practice by application
If your business is not located in Pennsylvania, please contact your local Small Business Development Center for assistance.
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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.