Reference Center

Interested in learning more about using business development as a tool for the revitalization of your downtown? The following organizations and resources provide a host of innovative solutions and inspiring ideas:


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Regional Business Development Resources:
Find available storefronts and offices in downtown-based communities throughout Southwest Pennsylvania!

Entrepreneurship Education Program
Job Training of Beaver County Entrepreneurship Program

Entrepreneurial Lifelines
Pittsburgh based Entrepreneur Mentoring Program

PA SourceNet Business Directory
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
Business Resource Center

Pittsburgh Technology Council
Helps the regions technology companies grow and thrive

Score Pittsburgh
Counselors to Small Businesses

Small Business Development Center
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh

Small Business Development Center
University of Pittsburgh: Katz Graduate School

Women’s Business Network Inc. of Southwest Pennsylvania


National Business Development Resources:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Links Page to Online Articles about Entrepreneurship

Minority Business Development Agency
Planning and Startup Information for Minority Business Enterprises

National Association of Women Business Owners

National Business Association

National Minority Business Council

Online Women’s Business Center


Resources for Local and Independent Businesses

Downtown First!
Offers a free directory of Downtown Businesses in Western Pennsylvania and identifies local, independent businesses. Downtown Business owners in select communities can post coupons, hours and more to their free webpage on Downtown First.

American Bookseller’s Association

American Independent Business Alliance

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

New Rules - The Hometown Advantage, Reviving Locally-Owned Businesses

BOOK: Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age
By Mark Shuman, Institute for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship

BOOK: Home Town Advantage: How to Protect Your Main Street from Chain Stores and Why It Matters
By Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance