Secretary Davin Visits TechCelerator @Carlisle Business Incubator, Promotes Governor Wolf’s New PA Business One-Stop Shop

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local economic development leaders, legislators, and small business owners at the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @Carlisle to discuss how Governor Tom Wolf’s new PA Business One-Stop Shop can help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, operate, and grow their business. The One-Stop Shop makes it simpler to navigate business-related processes and will help boost entrepreneurship and small business growth in the commonwealth.

“We want to get out into the business community and show this PA Business One-Stop Shop to our partners and small business owners because we know how helpful it can be to them as a resource,” Secretary Davin said. “Before the One-Stop Shop, the complex process of starting and running a business was extremely difficult to navigate, which discouraged entrepreneurs from pursuing their ideas and hurt their chances for success. Governor Wolf has encouraged his agencies to come together and break down those barriers, and the result is an extremely powerful tool that will help lift our entrepreneurs and small businesses in Pennsylvania.”

The PA Business One-Stop Shop can be found at business.pa.gov and includes resources for planning a business, registration and permitting, hiring employees, receiving funding and technical assistance, and more. It is intended to take the guesswork out of many business operations and procedures, and serves as an equalizer for any who want to do business here.

Before the One-Stop Shop, a small business owner or entrepreneur would be required to seek out information from several different agencies and organizations throughout the planning, startup, and operation processes. The PA Business One-Stop Shop consolidates all of this information into one website, and any questions can be directed to a single phone number that provides one-on-one customer service by phone as well.

“I’ve built a few businesses in Pennsylvania, and this website captures the fundamental questions entrepreneurs face when starting a business,” said Peter Sobotta, CEO of Return Logic, one of the business housed in the incubator. “It’s an incredible resource to give first-time business owners a head start when creating a new company.”

The process for creating the PA Business One-Stop Shop was truly an interagency state government collaboration between the departments of Community and Economic Development, State, Labor and Industry, Revenue, and the Office of Administration. To identify the needs of the business community, Wolf Administration officials held planning sessions and user testing with a wide variety of internal government and external stakeholders and partners to ensure different perspectives and input was received from communities and businesses across Pennsylvania.

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