SBDC Services - FAQ


Consulting Services

The Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center provides no cost, confidential consulting services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether you need help identifying local markets for your business, are developing a business plan and want a second opinion, or have compliance issues you'd like to clarify, SBDC consultants are ready to help you grow your business.

If you need assistance in any of the following areas, please contact us or fill out a

Request for Consulting


The SBDC's one-on-one management consulting emphasizes education and guidance in finding practical solutions to business problems. Business consulting is confidential and provided at no charge by a staff of skilled professionals.

Consulting areas of expertise include:

Business/Strategic Planning

  • Business Viability Assessment
  • Market Analysis & Competitive Research
  • Business Plan Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Commercialization of Technology
  • Business Structure

 Capital Acquisition

  • Financing options
  • Loan Packaging
  • Equity Options

 Financial Management

  • Accounting & Recordkeeping
  • Financial Management & Analysis
  • Taxes

 Targeted Assistance

  • Online Business
  • Government Marketing
  • International Trade
  • Shale Energy
  • Business Disruption
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Regulatory Assistance
  • Information Technology

  Human Resources

  • Attracting, Hiring & Managing Employees
  • Compensation


  • Technology Commercialization & Marketing




  • Customer Service
  • e-Commerce
  • Market Research
  • Marketing Materials/Promotion
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Social Media

Environmental Management

  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • On-site Assessments
  • Emissions Calculations
  • Permit & Plan Preparation Assistance
  • Record Keeping & Reporting Assistance
  • Greening Your Business
  • PA Material Trader


  • Developing Policies and Procedures
  • Inventory Control
  • Quality Control
  • Cost Control
  • SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Assistance
  • Product Feasibility Analysis
  • Product Development/Engineering Services


  • Manufacturing
  • Retailing
  • Service

Targeted Services

The SBDC also offers 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) - The Environmental Management Assistance Program provides statewide no-cost and confidential assistance with environmental regulations. EMAP environmental consultants conduct on-site assessments and assist with understanding environmental regulations and preparing emission calculations and permit applications. EMAP also helps small businesses “Go Green” and become more sustainable, identifying opportunities for cost savings and pollution reduction. The SBDCs and EMAP also host the business to business exchange, the Pennsylvania Material Trader, which provides an opportunity for small business to save money on raw materials and waste disposal costs.

Government Marketing - To help companies procure contracts with the federal, state, local and quasi-government agencies, Government Marketing services are available statewide to small businesses looking to diversify their sales streams. Business owners will learn how to register with government databases, find contracts through Pennsylvania SBDC’s online Bid Match service, and gain feedback on developing government proposals. To learn more about Government Marketing services in central Pennsylvania, visit the Central Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). For businesses located outside of Central Pennsylvania, contact your local SBDC to learn more about procurement resources available in your region.

Technology Commercialization - The SBDCs assist small businesses in Pennsylvania looking to determine the viability of technologies, obtain financing, or introduce new technologies to market. The Pennsylvania SBDC is a member of the Innovation Partnership (IPart), a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania whose collective goal is to help early-stage technology companies in Pennsylvania secure federal funding opportunities. Through IPart, small businesses have access proposal preparation assistance including pre-proposal technical reviews and funding assistance for proposal preparation.

International Business - The SBDC can help established businesses grow their business overseas by helping to develop and implement exporting strategies for increased sales. Services offered by certified international trade consultants include helping companies assess their international trade readiness, evaluating products or services for export potential and helping to identify the best foreign market opportunities. Assistance is also available to develop strategic and marketing plans, identify foreign sales agents and distributors and review trade procedures and regulations. Businesses are also able to learn more about technical and regulatory standards, trade financing and risk management in addition to foreign trade missions and international trade show opportunities.

Shale Energy - Small businesses, regardless of proximity to a primary drilling location, may be able to take advantage of Marcellus Shale supply chain opportunities to grow their business. Through a strategic business plan to enter the market, savvy business owners are able to find new opportunities in this expanding industry in Pennsylvania.

Affordable Care Act – Find the latest updates and information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it affects your small business. From questions & answers for small businesses, to online ACA 101 webinars, the SBDC will help your business stay current on the most integral parts of the new Health Care law.

Business Continuity & Survival - The SBDC knows that small businesses are the economic anchors in the community.  Therefore, it is critical that business owners have business continuity plans in place to mitigate the impact of any type of business interruption, especially natural disasters. 

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Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in part by a grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development, and by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.