Small Business Assistance

Small Business Champion Network (SBCN) offers free, practical advice to individuals looking to start a new business, while helping existing companies grow and prosper.

Assist Businesses with:

Looking for regional contacts closest to your location, please visit the Small Business Development Center or your SCORE Chapter that is closest to you.

Frequently Asked Questions on Starting a Business:

What kind of assistance do you provide?
  • Business Registration
  • Business Financing
  • Business Plan Assistance
  • Home Improvement Contractor Assistance
  • Local Partner Referrals (PREP)
  • Other State Agency Referrals
What do I need to do to register my business name?

In order to formally register a business name, proper registration forms need to be submitted to the Department of State’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. View registration forms. These forms are specific to business structure. After accessing the business registration forms page, scroll down to find the proper registration form that matches the structure of your business (i.e. Fictitious Name, LLC, Corporation, etc.)

What fees are associated with registering my business name?
How do I obtain a Pennsylvania Tax ID for my business?
What is a business plan? Where can I go or who can I contact for assistance?
How do I obtain a copy of DCED’s Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania?
How do I become certified as a Small, Diverse Business?
I would like to start my own contracting business, how do I obtain my Contractor ID Number?
Does my business qualify for any financial assistance programs?


About Small Business Champion Network (SBCN)

The SBCN is the first stop for many individuals who have ideas for new business opportunities or simply need to learn about the vast toolbox of services and resources available within Pennsylvania. Committed to making it as easy as possible to get help quickly and effectively, the SBCN is the key that unlocks the door to successful business startups, growth and expansion.

Contact Us

If you still have questions that are unanswered, please submit them via our online webform for additional assistance or at the following: 1.800.280.3801 or 717.783.5700.

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