Small businesses are big business for Ray Vargo and his staff. And they’ve become much bigger during the pandemic.
“Our mission is to be an economic development generator,” said the director of the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center.
“We were consulting, one on one, with 600 to 700 businesses a year, but because of COVID-19, that number has basically doubled because of (the Paycheck Protection Program) and other things.”
SBDCs are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and states, to help entrepreneurs navigate all phases of development. Vargo and his consulting staff of 10 are embracing that duty.
They welcome the intensive workload, assisting businesses throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania with training, consultation, applications, loan searches, business plans and more. This is a severe time of need for old clients and potential new ones, and he wants owners and would-be owners to be aware Pitt’s SBDC offers myriad ways