Top 5 Resources to Get Your PA Small Business Up and Running

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Home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and innovators play a huge role in the communities in which they operate. Have a great business concept but intimidated by the idea of starting your own business? We’ve got you covered. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has compiled the top resources to help entrepreneurs turn their dreams into realities in the Keystone State.

1. Entrepreneur’s Guide

Have a business idea, but not sure where to start? The Entrepreneur’s Guide is a free, comprehensive publication that leads you step by step through the process of starting and growing a business in the Pennsylvania. It’s a great resource for current owners as well as new entrepreneurs, covering everything from how to license business names and calculating startup costs to developing growth strategies and structuring human resources. Even better, it’s organized by your level of business experience, so you can flip right to the information you need.

2. Small Business Web Series

Interested in learning more about the resources PA offers for small businesses, or how to raise capital in the Keystone State from the comfort of your office? Check out DCED’s Small Business Web Series, hosted by business experts in both the public and private sectors:

Learn how small businesses can utilize the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network to help and grow a business.
 

Interested in starting your own business in Pennsylvania? Join this webinar to learn about how to register your new business with the Pennsylvania Departments of State, Revenue, and Labor & Industry.

Is your business looking to become a government supplier? Join this webinar by the PA Department of General Service to learn what you need to know in order to register your small or small diverse business.

Learn how small businesses can utilize the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network to help and grow a business.


Three award-winning small business owners share their entrepreneurial stories and highlight the federal, state, and local resources they used to grow their businesses.

 

3. Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop

The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop should be the first stop for individuals who have new ideas for business opportunities, or those that simply need to learn about the vast toolbox of services available in Pennsylvania. The best part? The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop offers free, practical advice to entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Contact the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop with your questions or by calling toll-free at 1.833.722.6778.

4. Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance

For personalized, in-person small business assistance close to home, the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) offers the know-how to assist individuals who want to hit the ground running. This 10-region consortium of economic developers can provide one-on-one counseling, specialized workshops, online training, and financial incentives. As one of the most coordinated and respected networks in the nation designed specifically to meet the needs of job creators, it’s ready to help you on your small business journey.

5. Ben Franklin Technology Partners

If you’re looking to start a tech business, you know you’ll be facing higher-than-average hurdles in a competitive industry. It helps to have an industry expert in your corner. For PA tech companies, the award-winning Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) is one of the nation’s longest-running, technology-based economic development programs. With a proven track record spanning more than 30 years, BFTP provides early-stage businesses, tech-based firms, and established manufacturers with funding, business, and technical expertise.

To learn more about the funding programs and resources available to small businesses, visit the DCED Small Business website, follow our social channels (Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn,) and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter for additional #PASmallBiz tips.


Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver

In his role as executive deputy, Neil oversees numerous administrative and operational areas for the agency including management of the agency’s six deputy secretaries for tourism, administration, community financing, business financing, international business development, and technology and innovation in the commonwealth.