Starting a business is an exciting adventure on which many Pennsylvanians embark every year.

Each entrepreneur is unique. No matter what level of business experience or expertise, the Entrepreneur’s Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania will provide you with valuable information that will help with business startup and growth. Taking your ideas and ingenuity to create something new is a rewarding and challenging endeavor, as is the undertaking of building a business that can grow and compete locally and globally. Pennsylvania is an excellent place for an entrepreneur to do all of this, and more.

Making Entrepreneurship Accessible

This guide is about more than just providing you with rules, regulations and telephone numbers — it is intended to make the entrepreneurial mechanics as accessible as possible for all Pennsylvanians. As you read, you will be able to: draft a professional business plan, ensure your business is properly registered and licensed, and prepare yourself for the challenges to grow and manage your business.

Guide Structure

The guide is designed to prepare you to start your business and walk you through the process you will undertake to determine when and how you will grow that business. You will find contact information for technical and business support organizations throughout the guide that will be able to assist you with a variety of business activities including financing, identifying new markets and developing professional growth strategies.


The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is here to assist and answer questions. Visit to learn about DCED programs, follow us on Twitter @PADCEDnews for the latest DCED announcements, or contact us at 1.833.722.6778, Option O.

Entrepreneur’s Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania