Early Stage Businesses

The Wharton SBDC Program for Early Stage Entrepreneurs
An Integrated Solution to Take Your New Business or Business Idea to the Next Level

Program Overview

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.

The Wharton SBDC offers both consulting and training for entrepreneurs at this stage.

To access consulting services, please submit a request online. A member of our staff will reach out with next steps within 5 business days.

Training sessions for early stage entrepreneurs:

First Step. This one session workshop is perfect for those who feel they need to learn more about building the foundation for a successful, sustainable business. It is highly recommended that you attend our First Step workshop in addition to receiving no-cost consulting.

Strategic Business Planning. These sessions have proven to be effective in supporting clients to draft their business plans in five weeks. The workshop is followed up with a review and assessment of your plan as well as support and advice as you take the next steps in building your business.


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.