Wolf Administration Celebrates Pennsylvania Small Business Week 2017
Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration kicked off Pennsylvania Small Business Week, a celebration of small business owners and entrepreneurs and the significant contributions they make to Pennsylvania’s economy. This week the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will hold a series of events and webinars recognizing these business owners and highlighting resources available through the department to support their growth. Pennsylvania’s million plus small business are a key driver of innovation and economic growth, employing nearly 50 percent of Pennsylvania’s workforce.
“Pennsylvania’s small businesses are integral to building a strong state economy with stable communities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I am committed to ensuring that our small businesses remain successful by helping cut through the red tape that can sometimes stifle business creation efforts before they start. My budget creates a one-stop shop for small businesses in DCED to consolidate functions across departments and make it easier for businesses to start and grow.”
Pennsylvania is home to 1 million small businesses, employing 2.5 million individuals and playing a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy, accounting for 99.6 percent of businesses in the state.
“Small businesses contribute to the strength of our local communities and economies, but many may not realize the collective influence they have on Pennsylvania as a whole,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “Pennsylvania is equipped to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn ideas into small business opportunities, unlocking the door to successful business growth and expansion, and ultimately creating jobs that pay throughout the commonwealth.”
As a part of the week-long celebration, DCED will visit small businesses in each corner of Pennsylvania, including a kick-off event, to showcase the positive growth and success of small business in the commonwealth:
- Tuesday, May 2 (11 a.m.) – Nuts About Granola, Deputy Secretary Joseph Burke
- Wednesday, May 3 (11 a.m.) – Penn Stroud Hotel, Deputy Secretary Carrie Lepore
- Thursday, May 4 (1 p.m.) – Reddog Industries, Deputy Secretary Scott Dunkelberger
Small business-owners are also invited to participate in DCED’s Small Business Web Series, which will take place throughout the week. Each free webinar will be presented by experienced experts:
- Tuesday, May 2 (12 p.m.) – Registering a Business in Pennsylvania, presented by PA Departments of State, Revenue, and Labor & Industry
- Wednesday, May 3 (12 p.m.) – Government Procurement & Diverse Business Certification, presented by PA Department of General Services
- Thursday, May 4 (12 p.m.) – Raising Capital in Pennsylvania, presented by PA Department of Banking and Securities
- Friday, May 5 (12 p.m.) – Entrepreneur Stories of Small Business Success, presented by Jennifer Gill, President of Exact Match Masonry Staining; Vivian Isaak, President of Magnum Group; and Maryann Petta Cook, Founder and President of Bella Lucia
To register for these webinars and for a complete list of workshops, trainings and seminars, visit dced.pa.gov. You can also follow along or participate in the conversation by using #PASmallBiz17 on social media.
Pennsylvania Small Business Week is a part of a national recognition of entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, an initiative led by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information on the Department of Community and Economic Development and resources it provides for Pennsylvania’s small businesses, visit dced.pa.gov.
DCED Press Office, 717.783.1132