Institute Centers

Agricultural Entrepreneurship

As a farmer or agricultural producer, you dedicate tremendous time and care to the crops or animals you raise. We will help you nurture your business with the same attention and experience-driven knowledge you bring to your industry, creating a thriving, sustainable enterprise worthy of the quality products you deliver.

Every farm is a business, yet traditional business support programs often overlook the issues most important to farm-based enterprises and agricultural producers. Our Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program has been carefully crafted to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of agricultural businesses.

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Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

As an entrepreneur, your time is your most valuable commodity. Our 12-month Entrepreneurial Fellows Program is designed to help leaders like you address the challenges of a rapidly growing business and prepare for continued success and long-term sustainability.

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Family Enterprise Center

Family businesses are the foundation of Western Pennsylvania’s diverse and growing business community. We believe the success of our region depends upon the continued prosperity and retention of these firms.

Founded by Ann Dugan, an experienced family business advisor, our Family Enterprise Center focuses on issues that are critical to families in business.
Whether you are planning a leadership transition, preparing family members for ownership, or navigating the challenges and opportunities that are unique to family business, we can help.

To learn more about our Family Enterprise Center, please contact us. You are also encouraged to browse through the books and website resources we have compiled for leaders like you.

Information Technology Program

Information technology systems are embedded in many aspects of small business operations: internal communication; sales processes; inventory control and
management; customer relations; risk management; etc. Are you confident that your current platforms and systems are designed to meet your needs and strategic goals? We have the expertise to help your company use IT to promote growth and maintain a competitive advantage today and tomorrow.

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Our PantherlabWorks offers strategic business consulting for start-up entrepreneurs as well as established business leaders in the region, with a focus on innovative technologies. Beyond consulting, value-added services include capital formation, innovation assessment, market research, and regional development initiatives

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Small Business Development Center

Our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers consulting services and educational programs to fuel the establishment and growth of small businesses in Western Pennsylvania. Whether you are considering starting a new business or expanding an established one, we will connect you with the resources and tools you need to be successful.

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Student Entrepreneurship

In conjunction with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, we offer resources, classes and other opportunities to help you turn your academic interests into a successful career.

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Urban Entrepreneurship Program

We help promote the establishment, growth and long-term success of small businesses in our inner city neighborhoods through one-on-one consulting, mentoring, start-up and emerging business workshops, bi-annual Make it Happen: Urban Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh conferences, and our Urban Power to ProsperSM certificate program.

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