Starting a Business

Thinking about Starting a Business?

Attend The First Step Workshop and learn what it takes to start and operate a small business in Pennsylvania. After attending a First Step Workshop, sign up for a confidential one-on-one consultation with your local SBDC consultant to start putting your ideas in to action!

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A business plan is an important step toward business success. Statistics indicate that businesses that plan ahead are often more successful than those that do not. In addition, if financing is required to start the business, then a business plan is required.


New businesses are often in need of financing. Traditional bank financing, micro-loan programs, angel investors, home equity loans, and lines of credit are the most popular means for starting a business.  You can work with your small business consultant to determine which avenue is best for you.


Market research helps you find customers for your business. Competitive analysis helps you make your business unique. Combine them to find a competitive advantage for your small business. You can work with your business consultant to understand your customer base and utilize marketing strategies to grow your business.

Additional Information & Resources

There are many more questions to ask yourself … and it’s extremely important to ask for help! We’ve provided some helpful articles below, as well as information about SBDC assistance.

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