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Starting a Business

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

"PA Biz Online" is the result of the Commonwealth's goal to make Pennsylvania the easiest place in the world to start, sustain and expand a business. This web site gives entrepreneurs "one door" to access business information, explore financial options and download or complete many of the important forms necessary to start and grow a business.

Recognizing that small businesses lead Pennsylvania in economic growth, the Small Business Champion Network (SBCN) has been established to ensure small business owners receive the support and assistance they require. The SBCN works to build an environment which encourages the creation, expansion and retention of small, women and minority owned businesses. In addition to SBCN information, the 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 SelectSites and SelecTech Sites. With these web-based tools, 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 SelectSites and SelecTech Sites have been carefully chosen from hundreds of sites available within the Commonwealth.