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Allegheny County Department of Equity and Inclusion
Allegheny County Department of Equity and Inclusion
Provides certification for minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBEs) as part of the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP) and business development services.
542 Forbes Avenue
204 County Office Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Eligibility: Call or email for more information.
Hours: Weekdays, 8:00am to 4:00pm
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- Learning Circles--Courses for prospective or early-stage entrepreneurs which teach the basics of starting a business and producing a business plan.
- Lending Circles--Microloan program which provides loans and technical assistance to groups of 10-15 entrepreneurs in each circle, who collectively guarantee the loans, mitigating the risk of lending to borrowers with limited collateral and credit history.
- Women's Business Center - In September 2015, we received an SBA grant to start a Women's Business Center. This center will expand on our current training programs as well as providing specific workshops, seminars and consulting for women-owned businesses.
- Women's Leadership Circles--An innovative program designed for women leaders to cultivate transformational leadership to impact life, business, community -- especially our lowest income communities.
- Social Enterprise Accelerator/Pitch Competition--highly regarded program for prospective social enterprises which provides business plan workshops, individual Technical Assistance, crowdfunding and mentorship.
- Measure What Matters - Program for established businesses to start to measure their social and environmental performance with the same rigor that they measure the financial bottom line.
24 South Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Eligibility: No limitations
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Chatham University Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE)
Chatham Women's Business Center
Provides services geared specifically to women and underserved populations, minority entrepreneurs and veterans throughout Western PA. CWBC offers aspiring and existing business owners free business counseling, training programs, technical support and mentoring focused on business planning and financing, access to capital, federal contracting, and business expansion through international markets and exporting.
6585 Penn Avenue
Chatham Eastside
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Community Development Program of Beaver County
Community Development Program of Beaver County - Community and Housing Development
Manages the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Community Development also administers the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) which are designed to assist homeless and near-homeless individuals and to provide affordable housing for low-income persons respectively.

Services include emergency furnace repair or replacement, emergency hot water heaters, chair glides and more.
1013 8th Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority
Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority
Provides low-interest loan to local businesses. Assists with Land and building costs, machinery & equipment costs and working capital. Funds up to 90% of the eligible project cost, or $250,000 whichever is less.
400 North Street
Fourth Floor East
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Eligibility: Existing and start up for-profit business enterprises that are owned and controlled by ethnic minorities who are residents of Pennsylvania
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm
Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation
Hispanic Corporation
The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC) is a community development corporation that focusesxon racial equity in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Provides services to improve the lives of Hispanics in the region, increase the Hispanic population, support existing and new Hispanic businesses, and increase Hispanic investment in the region.
1555 Broadway Avenue
Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Womens Opportunities Resource Center
Womens Opportunities Resource Center - Lending Program
WORC offers five loan products for the low-income borrower:



Credit Builder Loans up to $2,500
Direct Loan $1,000 to $2,500
Small Business Loans up to $10,000
Credit Line up to $20,000
Expansion Loans up to $50,000
Real Estate Loans for Business Property up to $250,000

WORC is certified as an SBA Pre-qualification and Low Doc Agency packaging loans up to $250,000. Process results in a Pre-Approval letter from the SBA if approved. WORC will complete the loan packaging and work with the applicant to present to area banks for funding. Additional fees apply when a bank for funding approves the business.
2010 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Eligibility: Prequalification loans are limited to minorities, women, veterans, and the disabled.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm
Allegheny County Department of Equity and Inclusion
Allegheny County Department of Equity and Inclusion
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Chatham University Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE)
Chatham Women's Business Center
Community Development Program of Beaver County
Community Development Program of Beaver County - Community and Housing Development
Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority
Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority
Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation
Hispanic Corporation
Womens Opportunities Resource Center
Womens Opportunities Resource Center - Lending Program
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