WEDnetPA Essential Skills


  • This grant type is limited to manufacturers and technology businesses, including biotech and environmental technology companies.
    - A technology business is defined as one that produces or provides a technology product or service. Simply using technology in the process is not sufficient.
  • Funding decisions for manufacturers are based on a company's correctly applied NAICS code ( Manufacturing codes fall into the range of 31 to 33.


  • Must be a front-line employee or a first-level supervisor. Employees who supervise other supervisors are not eligible for ES training. Small companies (up to 100 employees) are exempt from this policy.
  • Employees with decision-making responsibilities (budgetary, policy making, etc.) are not eligible for ES training. Small companies (up to 100 employees) are exempt from this policy.


  • Eligible training activities will be those that directly improve the essential job skills required for the employee's current position. Essential skills will be defined according to the type and scope of business being conducted by the employer.

Additional Criteria:

  • Total funding cannot exceed the company cap of $75,000 per fiscal year. Any employee reimbursed for ES training will not exceed the employee cap of $450. Costs incurred above this amount are the responsibility of the company.

Types of Eligible Training (not all inclusive):

  • Applied Mathematics and Measurement
  • Business Operations
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Computers
  • Manufacturing Fundamentals:
    - Blueprint Reading
    - Machine Setup and Maintenance
    - Tooling, Grinding
    - Welding, Soldering
  • Problem Solving
  • Product and Process Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Workplace Behavior Skills
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Please contact your Kutztown University WEDnet Partner for more information

Joshua Kovitch
Business / Government Procurement Consultant
Phone: 717-869-5438

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Cooperative Agreement

The Kutztown SBDC is partially funded by a grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development and by the U.S. Small Business Administration under Cooperative Agreement No. 4-603001-Z-0040-24. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any of the cosponsor(s)’ or participants’ opinions, findings, conclusions, recommendations, products, or services.

Funding Partners

Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration; and in part through support from Kutztown University. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling 215-204-7282. 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.

All SBDC programs are non-discriminatory and open to the public. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested, at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Kutztown SBDC at Old Main - Room 27 - F Wing, 15219 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530, (484)-646-5937.

The Kutztown University SBDC is a member of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers and the National Association of Small Business Development Centers.