SCORE Philadelphia Resources
Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, expanding your existing company, or are considering a move to the Keystone State, the PA Business One Stop Shop website will provide useful information to help you work smart and live happy in Pennsylvania.
Jump Start Philly is designed to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs that create jobs to Philadelphia by exempting them from paying the Net Profits Tax and the Business Income and Receipts Tax, formerly the Business Privilege Tax, during the first two years of operations.
Additionally, fees will be waived for eligible new businesses for a variety of licenses and registrations, including the Commercial Activity License, formerly the Business Privilege License.
All businesses are still required to apply for applicable licenses, but eligible new businesses pay no fee. To qualify for
The City of Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity is enhancing capacity-building efforts with a series of monthly, educational workshops for businesses. The goal of each workshop is to share pathways toward generational wealth for minority-, women-, disabled-owned businesses. That includes by exploring opportunities to grow with City contracts, developing a strategy to pursue business proposals, and learning more about available resources. Each month brings various topics and presenters.
They are offering two monthly workshop series on the following topics:
- Doing Business in
The City of Philadelphia supports a number of programs and organizations to expand economic development. They provide small business loans and other financial assistance, general business support services, and support for commercial corridors.
Small Business Loans
- Beech Interplex, Inc.
- Entrepreneur Works
- Community First Fund
- Neighborhood Progress Fund
- The Merchants Fund
- Women’s Opportunity Resource Center
General Business Support
- African & Caribbean Business Council
- African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE
- Asian American Chamber of
WomensNet offers business grants to women in Pennsylvania (and across the United States) on a rolling basis, known as the Amber Grant. Every month their judges award one or more Amber Grants of $10,000 each, and at the end of the year, one of those grant recipients is selected to receive the $25,000 Amber Grant.
You can apply by simply telling WomensNet your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete; you just need to answer a few questions about your business.
Applications are due by the end of each month for the following month's round of funding.
Click here to
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is an excellent source of information for small businesses. Here are some useful links:
- Starting and Managing a Business
- Write Your Business Plan
- SBA Loan Programs
- Connecting Borrowers with SBA-Approved Lenders
- PA Business One Stop Shop
- Guided Tour Video - PA Business One Stop Shop
For a list of SBA offices in the Philadelphia area click here.
To contact the "PA Business One Stop Shop" click here.