Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Tom Wolf, Governor
Dennis M. Davin, Secretary

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Starting and Growing a Business

Get the resources to learn how to start and grow your own business.

DCED's Entrepreneur’s Guide

The Entrepreneur’s Guide is a helpful, reliable resource for anyone interested in starting and growing a business in Pennsylvania. It clearly outlines the information you need, including:

  • Growing a business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Financing your business
  • Choosing a site
  • Registering your business name
  • Laws, regulations and licenses
  • General tax information
  • Tax credits and incentives


The Basics of Starting a Small Business

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) support the economic development of entrepreneurs with individual consultation and the comprehensive education and information necessary to help their businesses start, grow and prosper.

Incorporating and Registering Your Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration will help you find which permits and licenses apply to your small business, as well as provide links to application forms and instructions so you can make sure your start-up complies with all federal, state and local rules.

Need a website to build an online presence for your business?

Check out Get Your Business Online, an initiative powered by Google in partnership with the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Intuit and other Pennsylvania entities to grow small businesses by helping them develop their own free websites.

Small Business Champion Network (SBCN)

The Small Business Champion Network (SBCN) offers free, practical advice and assistance to individuals interested in starting a business, while helping existing companies grow and prosper.

Learn More About the SBCN

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