Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been awarded CARES Act funding to expand its services to help small businesses deal with the challenges stemming from business disruption and damage by the current pandemic.

The funding will enable Duquesne's SBDC to assist local small businesses plan for the post-COVID-19 world, helping them address what they will need to do from a health, organizational safety-prevention and overall industrial perspective.

"With this additional funding, the SBDC will develop a Healthy Workplace Initiative, focusing on programs and services designed to keep employees healthy and safe," said Duquesne SBDC Interim Director Rich Longo. "The initiative will be structured similarly to industrial healthcare programs for large companies, but will be adapted to small businesses."

The funds also will be used to emphasize other growing areas in Pittsburgh.

"Western Pa. has become a hub for technology, inventions and prototypes in the areas of healthcare, life sciences and robotics," said Longo. "Emerging entrepreneurs need assistance, guidance and business expertise in getting from concept to establishing a profit-making business."

"We are proud of the role that the Duquesne SBDC is playing to help small businesses cope with the challenges posed by COVID-19, as well as support entrepreneurs pursuing emerging technologies in our region," said Dr. Dean McFarlin, dean of the School of Business. "This is important work that will make a difference and it aligns with what the School of Business is doing in response to the pandemic."

Duquesne's SBDC is one of nine centers to receive the funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration, passed through the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PASBDC).

"These nine centers presented competitive proposals for additional funding to deliver specialized services across the Pennsylvania network for the benefit of all PASBDC clients," said Ernie Post, PASBDC state director. "The ability of individual centers with specialized expertise will highlight the benefit of the SBDC program functioning as the largest provider of business management assistance to all of our Pennsylvania small businesses."

For more information about the SBDC and its services, visit www.duq.edu/sbdc, email duqsbdc@duq.edu or call (412) 396-1633.


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June 09, 2020