The Wharton School Small Business Development Center whartonsbdc.wharton.upenn.edu A part of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurship Center, and the Pennsylvania SBDC network. The Center receives its funding from The Wharton School, the Department of Community and Economic Development
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The Wharton SchoolSmall Business Development Center
A part of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurship Center, and the Pennsylvania SBDC network.
The Center receives its funding from The Wharton School, the Department of Community and Economic Development
(DCED) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and by the U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBDC: “Where Theory Meets Practice”
…assists high potential entrepreneurs to build their businesses by developing and providing frameworks that facilitate data-driven decisions
…to accelerate economic growth, promote entrepreneurship, and enhance the educational experience of students at the Wharton School
30 Consultants (Undergraduates)
25 Senior Consultants (MBAs)
Leslie E. Mitts
Managing Practice Leader
Leslie Mitts graduated from the Wharton MBA program in 1990. She is a former consultant, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur with expertise in the information technology industry.
Head of Undergraduate Program
Samuel Reeves graduated from Wharton in 2005. As current head of the Undergraduate Consulting Program, he works with Wharton students to diagnose and solve client business problems. Samuel is also an entrepreneur as a co-founder of Humanistic Robotics, Inc..
Dr. M. Therese Flaherty
Dr. Flaherty has 25 years of experience as a professor at Wharton, Harvard, and Stanford. She has also led the international and professional expansion of Wharton’s Global Consulting Practicum..
Prof. Eric T. Bradlow
Prof. Bradlow is the K.P. Chao Professor of Marketing, Statistics, and Education. He has renowned expertise in in market research methods, branding, and e-commerce. He has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.
Stage at Which the Entrepreneur is Executing
Decline & Re-Generation
First Steps and Strategic Business Planning Classes and Consulting
SBDC and the
Business Life Cycle
“I definitely think that the consultant did a terrific job on this case. The deck was very comprehensive and insightful. The data was shown in a way that had impact and the hypotheses he developed were a terrific starting point for me. I was able to take his work and share it with the client and it made it easier to establish the boundaries of the case and show the client that we were making a real effort to understand her business.”
“The WSBDC has really helped me develop a wide variety of skills- from industry research to cost accounting to analytical problem solving to client relationship management. At the SBDC, you gain responsibility quickly. One of the best things about SBDC is the entrepreneurial environment- everyone is always open to suggestions and ideas to improve the program.”
Working at the SBDC has been the perfect on-campus job. Working on real cases complements my classroom learning, giving me exposure to industries that I'm personally interested in, such as retailing, as well as allowing me to explore unfamiliar fields like insurance and real estate.
I also have the pleasure of working with a team of bright and passionate individuals. The people at the SBDC are a great support and resource network, and our clients a tremendous inspiration for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.
The community service aspect is also a big draw-- what better way to apply what we learn than by sharing our resources with those who have great ideas that will benefit the local economy?
“Working at SBDC has been a highlight of studying at Penn. The variety of clients and the flexibility given for undergraduates to define the engagement means that each case is a learning opportunity and a challenge. Perhaps the greatest benefit is the SBDC community of enthusiastic undergraduates, MBA’s and staff. There is always someone to bounce ideas off of, and teams are encouraged for larger cases. The community, as well as chances to communicate directly with the entrepreneurs and business owners, makes working here enjoyable. Lastly as the program continues to grow there is an entrepreneurial atmosphere to the center that encourages trying new approaches and attempts to improve existing practices.”
- Matthew Owens M&T ‘09
Submission of Applications Midnight, September 16
Interview Notification September 17
Interviews September 19-21
Please Send Resumes & Cover letters to Samuel Reeves at [email protected] with the subject line “Fall Undergraduate Consultant”