The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), its partners, and a host of other organizations provide resources to help you start or grow your business. 

Starting and growing a business requires extensive planning, preparation and hard-work. You will have many questions as you go through the process of running your own business.  But before you speak with a professional SBDC consultant, or attend an SBDC educational event, you may  want to explore certain topics your own.

We have organized this section to provide you with the latest resources and useful, practical information to help you get started.

Business Planning
Starting a new business requires extensive planning and preparation.  You will likely have many questions as you begin the process of starting your venture, check out these resources to get started on your path to success.

Business Loans
The Small Business Development Centers do not loan money or provide financing. But the Pennsylvania SBDC is experienced in creating the best strategy to help small business owners secure the right kind of capital required for their business.  Each year the Pennsylvania SBDC helps business owners secure more than $100 Million in financing to grow their business.

Business Taxes
Check out this section for more information and resources on business taxes and how you can effectively manage them for your small business

Business Owners
Learn about special programs for minority, women, or veteran-owned businesses.

Targeted Industries
Is your business in manufacturing, food, or run completely online?  Visit this section for resources on these specific industries.

Special Focus
Are you looking to learn more about the Affordable Care Act?  Did you know there is a materials trader for businesses in Pennsylvania?  The special focus section has resources in specific areas to benefit your business.

Online Learning
If you're interested in learning more about business ownership and if its right for you -- at your own pace, during your own time -- then this online webinar series is made just for you:

There are several other self-paced tutorials and programs online organized for you in one convenient place:

You've got questions. And we got answers. Check out our section on Frequently Asked Questions that cover a range of small business topics including business basics, financial matters, operating structure, targeted services, and more.

Small Business Statistics
As experts in Small Business, we often find ourselves helping educate others on the importance of small businesses and the role they play in growing the Pennsylvania and nationally.  Check out this page for up-to-date statistics and data on small business in the Commonwealth.

White Papers

Entrepreneurial Development in Pennsylvania
A Look Back at Pennsylvania’s Performance, A Look Forward to Pennsylvania’s Economic Recovery

Kauffman Foundation Research Series: Firm Formation and Economic Growth
After Inception: How Enduring is Job Creation by Startups?

Kauffman Foundation Research Series: Firm Formation and Economic Growth
The Importance of Startups in Job Creation and Job Destruction