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Starting a Business

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers a range of services for individuals who are starting a business.

The Small Business Assistance Network (SBAN) is the first stop for entrepreneurs interested in learning about the vast toolbox of business services and resources available within Pennsylvania.

Recognizing that small businesses lead Pennsylvania in economic growth, SBAN has been established to ensure small business owners receive the support and assistance they require. SBAN works to build an environment which encourages the creation, expansion and retention of small, women and minority owned businesses. In addition to SBAN information, the DCED website provides local/county/city tax rate information and shares catalysts for success, tools and success stories to foster new opportunities and energize traditional industries.

Another excellent resource is the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers - (SBDC) network. The SBDCs work with small firms to help them compete and grow in today's highly competitive global economy. From helping aspiring entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses, to helping small firms expand, to providing the information every business person needs to make critical decisions, the Pennsylvania SBDCs are the resource entrepreneurs in all industry sectors can turn to for help -- help that can make the difference between success and failure.

In addition to the resources noted above, Pennsylvania now offers the most advanced site selection tool ever created - PA Site Search. With this web-based tool, business owners and site selection specialists can enter specific site criteria, and the tool will return a list of sites that meet those stringent needs. The sites selected for PA Site Search have been carefully chosen from hundreds of sites available within the Commonwealth.