Small Business Resources
Certified Business Applications:
PA Unified Certification Application for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Women, and Minority-Owned Businesses
US Department of Veteran Affairs Registration for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVOB) and Veteran Owned (VOSM) Small Business
The Entrepreneur's Guide
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has developed The Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania. The guide contains free services, checklists, helpful tips and procedures. The guide also lists addresses, websites, and telephone numbers for contacting business-related agencies. The guide is available as a pdf document at http://www.newpa.com/webfm_send/1439
Beginners Guide for Starting a Business in PA
The PA Department of Revenue has published a Beginners Guide for Starting a Business in PA.The guide is filled with information about how to fulfill your tax responsibilities and tips to help you avoid common mistakes. The guide is available as a pdf.
SBA Small Business Resources Magazine
The Philadelphia District's Small Business Administration Office has published a Small Business Resources Magazine which contains information about getting started with a small business, finding the money you need, regulations, disaster recovery, and advocacy. The document is available as a pdf through SBAGuides.com.
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workbook
SCORE, in partnership with Bank of America, has developed a workbook to take your business ideas and put them into action. The workbook is available as a pdf.
PA Biz Online
A one stop tool for all those interested in starting a business is PA Biz Online (www.pabizonline.com), where doing business in Pennsylvania is just a click away. This website provides entrepreneurs “one door” access to business information. Entrepreneurs can explore financial options, download forms necessary to start or expand a business, and electronically register a business with the Pennsylvania Departments of Labor and Industry, Revenue, and State.
Commonwealth Workforce Development System
Formerly PA Career Link, at www.cwds.pa.gov employers can register to post available job openings and to search for qualified applicants (and job applicants can search for job openings right for them). A Business Resource Area has links to state and federal agencies. Employers have access to PALMIDS, the Pennsylvania Labor Market Information Database System, which provides state and county labor market data and information.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Tax Incentives
Businesses that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be eligible for tax incentives. Businesses with 30 or fewer employees or total revenue of $1 million or less may use a CREDIT of up to $5000 per year to offset the costs of architectural adaptations, equipment acquisitions, and services such as sign language interpreters. All businesses, whatever their size, can take a DEDUCTION of up to $15,000 per year for the cost of architectural or transportation adaptations. Explanation: A tax credit is subtracted from your tax liability after you calculate your taxes, while a tax deduction is subtracted from your total income before taxes, to establish your taxable income. More information about the ADA and these tax incentives is available at the ADA Business Connection website at www.ada.gov. The ADA Information Line can be reached at 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY).
The Department has updated and expanded their set of brochures which cover a wide array of topics of interest to existing small businesses and persons interested in setting up their own business. The brochures contain phone numbers and websites to help you with your business issues. The topics included are:
- Regulations Affecting Small Businesses
- How to Structure Your Business
- Preparing Your Business Plan
- Preparing Your Marketing Plan
- Funding Your Business
- Protecting Your Business Ideas
(Brochures are currently being re-worked and will be available again shortly.)
Economic Newsletters, Economic Reports and Economic Veterans' Data Reports