The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers also offer services to small business owners through a number of specialized programs. These programs provide assistance in areas requiring greater depth of knowledge and experience beyond standard business management expertise.
Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP)
Are you concerned about the 20-30% electricity price increases expected by 2010 due to deregulation? Do you want help in preparing environmental permit applications, forms and plans? Do you need advice on environmental, energy efficiency, or health & safety regulatory issues? Would you like a free, confidential on-site assessment of your building with suggestions to improve energy efficiency, finding possible grant opportunities, and input to the permitting process for commercial space? The Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs with no-cost, strictly confidential, on-site consultations by qualified environmental specialists.
EMAP’s free and confidential assistance includes:
- One-on-one consulting help with environmental management strategies, regulatory compliance, energy efficiency and waste minimization, and help with finding sources of financing for environmental upgrades.
- Confidential assistance for understanding and preparing environmental permit applications, forms and plans.
- Incorporating environmental considerations within strategic business management and planning activities.
- Environmental training seminars.
- Liaison to regulatory enforcement agencies.
- Help with development and commercialization of new environmental & energy technologies by helping prepare and review proposals, finding new markets and opportunities, and identifying potential funding sources and partners.
For additional information about EMAP services, please visit the EMAP website at www.askemap.org or call their toll-free, confidential environmental hotline at (877) ASK-EMAP.
Government Marketing Assistance Program – To help companies sell to federal, state, local and quasi-government agencies, the SBDC’s Government Marketing Assistance Program provides assistance in marketing products and services to government and help with proposal preparation and contract compliance. The computerized Bid Match system provides targeted contract leads for foreign, federal, state,and local government opportunities. The program saves businesses time and money by matching a firm’s goods and services with bids and leads published in the Commerce Business Daily and The Pennsylvania Bulletin, as well as requests for small bids from the Defense Logistics Agency and various other government agencies.
* Small firms in Southeast Pennsylvania looking to enter the government marketplace can take advantage of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Program by calling 215-898-1219.
Technology Assistance – The Pennsylvania SBDC helps small firms bring new products to market by addressing sophisticated business management issues including alternative financing, intellectual property, product development and commercialization. Since 2000, over 33,000 hours of expert business consulting have been provided to more than 1,800 technology clients throughout Pennsylvania. During this same period, the Pennsylvania SBDC assisted 76 clients in preparing SBIR proposals, which culminated in 23 awards totaling more than $23 million. This is a success rate of over 30 percent, or three times higher than the national average. In addition, the Penn State SBDC is home to the Clean Technology Resource Center, which helps helps businesses develop and commercialize technology products, goods, services, and processes that use renewable energy sources. This specialized consulting service is available to all businesses in Pennsylvania looking to determine the viability of technologies, obtain financing, or introduce new technologies to market.
International Business Assistance Program – To help companies export Pennsylvania products and services, the SBDC’s International Business Assistance Program helps companies to:
- Assess their international trade readiness
- Evaluate their products or services for export potential
- Identify the best foreign market opportunities
- Develop strategic and marketing plans
- Identify foreign sales agents and distributors
- Plan market entry strategies
- Understand international trade procedures and regulations
- Find information on technical standards and export/import documentation
- Determine sources of trade financing and risk management
- Identify trade mission and trade show opportunities
- Determine import restrictions, duties and tariffs.
Engineering Development Services – Bucknell University’s SBDC hosts Engineering Development Services (EDS), a specialty offering of the PASBDC network. EDS assists entrepreneurs seeking to develop and commercialize innovative new products and small businesses improving the efficiency of their manufacturing and business operations. EDS helps design new products, fabricate prototypes, conduct studies of materials, and connect clients with the expertise and resources of one of the Best Colleges of Engineering in the nation. To access Engineering Development Services, first contact your local SBDC www.pasbdc.org/where
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.