Information Resources


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 resources and useful, practical information to help you get started.

The Pennsylvania SBDC's website contains a very informative Resources section about starting and growing business within Pennsylvania.  http://www.pasbdc.org/resources

Pennsylvania - Business Assestance   The goal of this web site is to provide you with a fast and efficient way to comply with Pennsylvania's various statutory pro and filing requirements involved in establishing a business.  To help with the process, a range of business start-up assistance tools and information on finding incentives are included on this site.  http://newpa.com/business-assistance/

Adobe Acrobat Reader is free, and freely distributable, software that lets you view and print
Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Acrobat Reader also lets you fill in and submit PDF forms
online.  http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html#reader

Federal Government


U.S. Department of Labor is designed to assist small businesses in complying with rules, regulations and laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Environmental Protection Agency has news, publications, and information for small 


Internal Revenue Service links you directly to downloadable tax forms and publications. 

Adobe Acrobat Reader (see above for the link) may need to be installed in order to print 
the forms and publications.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration has safety regulatory information.



Federal Acquisition Jumpstation is your link to federal acquisitions on the Internet.

The Federal Marketplace has information regarding bids and contracts with the 

Federal Government and also contains an extensive Federal Vendor Directory.

The On-Line Community for Government Contractors has information about 

government bids, regulations, how-to’s, trade shows, job listings, etc.

Funding Sources and Resources


The Ben Franklin Technology Partners invest in technology companies and provide technical engineering assistance.

The Small Business Administration has information about the various loan programs offered through SBA lending agencies.


Fixed rate financing, at lower than market rates, is directly available through SEDA-COG. The purchase of land, buildings, equipment, and providing working capital are among the requests eligible for financial assistance from SEDA-COG.



All of the sites listed below contain information, guidelines, and templates to guide you in the creation of your business plan.

Organizations and Associations

The Association of Small Business Development Centers assists in promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers provide top-notch management consulting, training and information for small businesses and prospective entrepreneurs.


Clinton County Economic Partnership homepage lists demographics,
economic development opportunities, membership directory, upcoming area events, and much more information about the Clinton County area.

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce homepage lists demographics, economic development opportunities, membership directory, upcoming area events, and much more information about the Williamsport/Lycoming County area.

Council on Better Business Bureaus has resources for businesses and consumers.


The Industrial Resource Centers offer assistance to manufacturing companies.


The Women’s Business Center offers advice on many issues of interest to all 

business owners.

PennTAP offers free scientific and technical assistance to Pennsylvania firms.

SEDA-COG is a regional development organization providing economic development,
community development, transportation, information management, and energy conservation services to the counties of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union. 

TempPA's Business Resource Network includes lots of county information including tax rates, statistics, 
economic developers, and commercial real estate. 

PA Manufacturers' Association features news and legislative information for PA manufacturing.

Downtown Lock Haven is dedicated to improving the central business district of Lock Haven. http://www.lockhaven.org

Patents and Trademarks

Copyright Office has searchable copyrights, forms, and information.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has U.S. patents and trademarks, forms and guides.



PA State Government


PA Department of Agriculture has statistics, directories, facts, and service descriptions.

PA Department of Community & Economic Development includes links to other entrepreneurial assistance programs.

PA Department of Environmental Protection is a resource for environmental information.


PA Department of Revenue links you directly to downloadable forms 

(PA-100, Sales Tax, Tax Returns, etc.) and publications. Adobe Acrobat Reader  
(see above for the link) may need to be installed in order to print the forms and publications.

PA Department of State has company name registration, UCC filings, forms,
and information.

PA Department of Labor & Industry links you directly to downloadable forms
(New Hires Program, Unemployment Compensation, etc.) and contains information regarding labor laws and special employment programs. Adobe Acrobat Reader (see above for the link) may need to be installed in order to print the forms and publications.


Pennyslvania Manufacturers' Association and PA SourceNet are self-registering business to business directories of PA products.



Reference Tools:

Bizjournals enables you to locate regional business journals, view National Industry Reports, and reference many other useful business resources.

Smart Business supersite is "the how-to resources for business" with links to thousands
of free resources from America's top writers, books and publications geared specifically to help you run your business or department.

Thomas Register is a directory of U.S. and Canadian manufacturers.


Project Vote Smart is a national non-partisan, non-profit effort that researches, tracks, 

and provides to the public independent factual information on over 13,000 candidates and 
elected officials. Voting records, campaign issue positions, performance evaluations by special interests, campaign contributions, backgrounds, previous experience, and contact information are available.

Small Business Knowledge Base has guides and worksheets on starting and managing a small business.


Business Owner's Toolkit - Here you'll find ready-to-use business tools to help you get the job done faster and easier.


Intuit has accounting and tax information, forms, and other business planning tools.

FindLaw has legal information, guides, sample forms, and other legal resources.

AllBusiness Directory has how-to information, forms and agreements.


Articles/Current Business Events:

Inc. and Money magazines’ sites publish many useful articles about current issues facing today’s businessperson, offers valuable resources, tips, and referrals, and provides informative bulletin boards.

EntreWorld.org includes "the best of the best" on the Web about running a small business.

Industry Coding Standards:

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the federal government’s new coding system and is replacing the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.

The Standard Industrial Codes (SIC) Manual is the federal government’s outgoing industrial coding system. 


Statistics and Demographics:

U.S. Bureau of the Census has all types of statistical information available.

The FEDSTATS site is maintained by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by more than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government for public use.

Penn State Data Center is Pennsylvania’s official data source. The PSDC can provide you with the latest population estimates and projections and many social, housing and economic characteristics of the state and its local components.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a resource for detailed demographic information for Pennsylvania.



Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WedNetPA) is a
program sponsored by Pennsylvania offering free job training to in-state companies that show solid growth and out-of-state companies that decide to relocate to the economic- friendly business climate of Pennsylvania.


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