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Free Startup/ Entrepreneur Coaching

Request a Consultation:  Have a business idea, but not sure where to start? Need help creating a pitch or a prototype? Looking for legal resources?  We can help. ​Free coaching via phone and video conferencing, plus additional resources and programs for new and growing businesses.

Resource Guide for Startups

RESOURCE GUIDE PDF is a collection of all Penn State, Reading and Greater Berks County resources that can be accessed by startups for help. It includes descriptions, costs, hot-links to their web sites, and more.

Idea TestLab

IDEA TESTLAB – The first step to take your idea from concept to business is figuring out if you have identified a problem worth solving. This class will help you: get a better handle on the problem you are trying to solve for your customer; determine where your potential customers hang out; and identify the value of your product compared to what already exists on the market.
Participants will learn how to develop a business model, validate their business model through a scientific process, plus get feedback from faculty experts and experienced entrepreneurs.

Penn State Legal Clinics

ENTREPRENEUR ASSISTANCE CLINIC– Business/entity formation; founder agreements; employee agreements and management; investor term sheets. Intake Form
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CLINIC– general intellectual property counseling; perform patentability and trademark clearance searches; draft patent and trademark applications, and interact with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Intake Form

GoggleWorks

GOGGLEWORKS CENTER FOR THE ARTS is a place to develop skills, ask questions, experiment freely, and investigate the human spirit.

Dickinson Law’s, “Inside Entrepreneurship Law” Blog

INSIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAW is a blog designed to aid entrepreneurs and their counsel by providing information on relevant topics. A majority of the blog posts were prepared by Dickinson Law students and have been posted with their permission.

Jumpstart Incubator

JUMP START INCUBATOR was founded by the Berks County Community Foundation, with help from the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, Jumpstart provides a wide range of assistance for people starting new businesses.

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

GREATER READING CHAMBER ALLIANCE is the largest business organization in the region and serves as a catalyst for economic growth. They offer support to both small and large businesses.

Penn State Libraries Business Research Services

PSU LIBRARIES Information on competition, consumer demographics, trends, attitudes and behavior data. Determine market size, demand and segments.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP LIBRARY RESOURCES Library resources to support entrepreneurial study

Berks & Schuylkill SCORE

BERKS SCHUYLKILL SCORE supports business development through free mentorship and low-cost workshops.

Kutztown Small Business Development Center

KUTZTOWN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER  Offers existing businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs access to no cost, confidential consulting services and learning opportunities. Offices are in Kutztown, Reading, Harrisburg, Exton, Lancaster, and York.

Invent Penn State Resource Navigator

Invent Penn State Resource Navigator is a searchable inventory of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem resources around Invent Penn State’s 21 innovation hubs across Pennsylvania.