First Step: Starting a Small Business

This workshop assists entrepreneurs in building the foundation for a successful business. Topics include:

  • Personal issues of being an entrepreneur
  • Financing a business
  • The business planning process
  • Marketing mechanics of starting a business
  • Regulations governing a business
  • Environmental, health, and safety considerations when starting a business

This workshop is not intended for established business owners. To learn more about our consulting services for established business, please go to our Client Services page.

On-Line RegistrationeCenter Direct is used for on-line course registration. After clicking the “Sign Up” link for a particular course, you will be redirected to eCenter Direct. Please follow the following steps once you have been redirected.

  1. Click the “Sign Up” button in the middle of the page.
  2. If you already have an eCenter account, enter your account info at the top of the screen, then click “Login”.
  3. If you do not have an eCenter account, enter your information in the middle of the page, then click “Proceed with Sign-up”.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the registration process and proceed to the payment process for paid courses.
Event Date(s) Time Event Fee Registration
Wednesday, August 22nd 6:30 – 9:00 PM $25.00 Sign Up
Thursday, September 13th 6:30 – 9:00 PM $25.00 Sign Up

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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.