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DBRC

We’re a single point of contact for minority, women, veterans and other disadvantaged business owners seeking information to start, sustain and grow their business. Our services help pre-venture, startup and existing businesses acquire the tools they need to break down the barriers that may impede their growth.

What is the DBRC?
In 2005, the RCI and the MWDBE Governmental Committee formed a public-private partnership to create a comprehensive one-stop shop to assist with well-documented challenges and barriers that have faced disadvantaged business enterprises in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our collective goal was to develop disadvantaged entrepreneurs and small businesses into self-reliant businesses that are better prepared to stimulate economic development in the region.

As a result, the creation of the Diversity Business Resource Center (DBRC) was formed as a business resource to provide a single point of contact for minority, women, Veterans and disadvantaged business owners seeking information and referrals to start, sustain and grow their businesses.

The DBRC serves the (10) county region in Western Pennsylvania which includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. The DBRC provides a nurturing, instructive, and supportive environment for entrepreneurs during the critical stages of starting a new business. The DBRC has assisted more than 4,500 entrepreneurs/microenterprises.  DBRC clients add to the $204 million annual output to the regional economy; add to the 5,087 job created and retained, and 806 of the 1,958 total certified minority operated firms are DBRC clients.
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Hear from our partner
The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) values its 20+ year partnership with Riverside Center of Innovation.

Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners are able to access the IEE/SBDC’s consulting and training programs directly at Riverside Center for Innovation.

We work closely with the RCI Team to develop specialized programs that provide information and resources that entrepreneurs need to succeed.

-Raymond L Vargo Director, University of Pittsburgh SBDC
What services does the Diversity Business Resource Center Offer?
Strategic Partnerships and One-on-One business consulting with Pittsburgh District Small Business Administration,  PA Department of General Services, PennDOT, Allegheny County Department of Equity and Inclusion, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Urban Redevelopment Authority City of Pittsburgh, MWDBE Governmental Committee, Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, ProRank, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence,and industry experts in all areas of business development.
Educational Training and Seminars focusing on topics and concerns relevant to the growth of MWDBE Businesses.
Enrollment and Access to special programs: Kiva Pittsburgh, Credit Builder Loan Program; Reed Smith Legal Assistance, Community Business Lending Initiative with Dollar Bank and more.
Networking with fellow business professionals, elected officials, procurement professionals and economic development representatives.
Notification of contracting and business opportunities with government agencies and corporations.
Conference Room available for DBRC Clients in need of meeting space, events, and training.
Advocating for all DBE business owners and entrepreneurs on important issues.
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