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Fueling the Economy

Duquesne University is a valuable asset to the city of Pittsburgh and its economy. We contribute substantially as an employer and as a buyer of goods and services. Our students, visitors and alumni play an important role as their spending flows into area businesses. We share time, talent and University resources that funnel into the local economy. In 2013, Duquesne's total economic impact was more than $457 million.

Economic Impact 2013

Direct Indirect Total
Employee Wages $110,053,999 $74,836,719 $184,890,718
University Purchasing 59,700,010 40,596,007 100,296,017
Student Spending 86,506,888 58,824,684 145,331,572
Visitor Spending 3,919,849 2,665,497 6,585,346
SBDC 8,654,888 5,885,324 14,540,212
Duquesne University Volunteers 5,997,549 - 5,997,549

The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was established in 1981 to provide assistance to startup and growing businesses in the Pittsburgh region. In addition to consulting with hundreds of businesses to provide training for thousands of individuals every year, the SBDC also conducts special projects related to entrepreneurial training, international trade assistance, environmental compliance, youth entrepreneurship, women's business ownership, coordination of the region's entrepreneurial assistance network, special training events and numerous other projects related to market research.

In 2013, the SBDC traveled to South America with 11 Pennsylvania companies in an effort to find opportunities for exporting their products to Colombia and Panama. Because of its expertise in Latin America and in helping small businesses trade in the region, the SBDC was chosen to lead the trip.

Also in 2013, the SBDC earned a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help unemployed individuals transition into entrepreneurs. Program participants received 15 hours of training, five hours of consulting and a certificate of completion.

From January 1-December 31, 2012, SBDC achieved:

  • 1,100 workshop participants
  • 51 workshops total
  • 803 clients total
  • 8,396 consulting hours
  • $8.65M+ secured in financing

Get your small business on the path to growth. Visit the SBDC to learn more. 


The McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts launched its first startup in 2013 thanks to a subcontract of $318,403 in DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) funding. As part of its efforts in cyber security, DARPA is interested in Juola & Associates' software, which determines active authentication of authors-studying writing style, techniques, even browser behavior and typing speed. The software was developed by Dr. Patrick Juola, associate professor of computational science and mathematics and founder of the consulting company.


Duquesne University's graduates are highly desired by regional employers. The top-quality education we provide to students increases the quality of the regional workforce. Nearly 70 percent of professionally employed recent graduates are working in Pennsylvania. Tap into Duquesne's talent pool for an intern or employee. Visit career services for more information. 


Working together in 2013, Duquesne University and Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works improved traffic flow and pedestrian safety in a cluster of busy intersections near campus. New traffic lights and pedestrian signals were installed at the Forbes Avenue and Shingiss Street intersection, the Sixth Avenue and Diamond Street intersection, and the Liberty Bridge ramps. Collaborating and cost sharing-with the city providing specifications and maintenance and Duquesne funding the purchasing and installation-began more than a decade ago with the installation of pedestrian signals at the Forbes Avenue intersections of Stevenson and Magee streets, as well as decorative lampposts on a heavily traveled section of Forbes Avenue.