Small Business Assistance

Small Business Champion Network (SBCN) offers free, practical advice to individuals looking to start a new business, while helping existing companies grow and prosper.

Assist Businesses with:

Looking for regional contacts closest to your location, please visit the Small Business Development Center or your SCORE Chapter that is closest to you.

Frequently Asked Questions on Starting a Business:

What kind of assistance do you provide?
  • Business Registration
  • Business Financing
  • Business Plan Assistance
  • Home Improvement Contractor Assistance
  • Local Partner Referrals (PREP)
  • Other State Agency Referrals
What do I need to do to register my business name?

A business name can be registered in multiple ways. You may complete, print, and mail or hand deliver hard copy registration forms along with your payment to the Department of State’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or you may complete your registration, and payment, electronically through the Department of State’s online registration portal known as PENNFile. You can view a complete listing of registration forms or you can access the PENNFile registration portal.

What fees are associated with registering my business name?
How do I obtain a Pennsylvania Tax ID for my business?
What is a business plan? Where can I go or who can I contact for assistance?
How do I obtain a copy of DCED’s Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania?
How do I become certified as a Small, Diverse Business?
I would like to start my own contracting business, how do I obtain my Contractor ID Number?
Does my business qualify for any financial assistance programs

About Small Business Champion Network (SBCN)

The SBCN is the first stop for many individuals who have ideas for new business opportunities or simply need to learn about the vast toolbox of services and resources available within Pennsylvania. Committed to making it as easy as possible to get help quickly and effectively, the SBCN is the key that unlocks the door to successful business startups, growth and expansion.

Small Business Webinars

Contact Us

If you still have questions that are unanswered, please submit them via our online webform for additional assistance or at the following: 1.800.280.3801 or 717.783.5700.

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