Center of Excellence for Tourism

The Center's experienced business consultants will:

  • Offer ongoing educational and training programs on tourism-related topics.

  • Provide individual and group consulting to tourism industry businesses.

  • Access to and assistance with funding resources for tourism-related business to access capital and other programs for operations, growth and sustainability.

  • Apply for our professional consulting here.

To learn more about the other PASBDC Centers of Excellence located across the state, visit the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center's website.

Funding support for this initiative was provided by the United States Small Business Administration and the CARES Act.

Tourism Business Resources

Operational Guidelines

Includes information on COVID-19  regulations and guidelines. 

 Industry resources

This page contains helpful resources for your business operations.

Business Associations

This page includes PA county visitor centers and other tourism related business associations. 

Upcoming COE Topics
- January 2021: Marketing
- February 2021: Finance
- March 2021: Product Development
- April 2021: Human Resources

Tourism webinars are identified as COE.

The Center of Excellence for Tourism webinar topics include marketing, finance, product development and human resources.  The topics rotate monthly. We encourage all businesses to register for our no cost webinars! 

Our Testimonials

Insight Salon:

An Insight to Success

Staying positive and confident can be a struggle for many people. For one entrepreneur, the answer was starting a business that makes it easy and affordable to get the pep back in your step. This drive helped Colleen Zeiber launch Insight Salon in the Millcreek Mall. 

The Gannon University Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) Center of Excellence for Tourism is an initiative that assists tourism businesses in Pennsylvania to sustain and stabilize operations in the wake of the pandemic.

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Erie, PA 16501
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Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration; by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development; and in part through support from Gannon University and other sources. All services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 814-871-7232 at least two weeks in advance. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

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