Starting a business involves many details beyond establishing a product & marketing it to the masses. To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to become an expert on a range of topics – all the while still finding time to operate your business. The good news is that there are many organizations in & around Lancaster County that offer a wide range of services and assistance that’s tailored for entrepreneurs & small businesses to help you start up, get established, & grow.
So where do you start? There are many steps involved with getting your business idea started on a firm foundation, many of which are connected to each other & even require one step to be completed before you can dive into the next. While it’s not meant to be an exact roadmap for starting a business, these are the areas that are most likely to be of concern no matter what type of business you are establishing.
This is a resource ecosystem. You will often need information & plans from earlier steps in order to move forward with your business.
To pay or not to pay. Some of these services are offered without charge. Others involve fees, applications, or other requirements.
Program offerings may change. This guide is intended as a reference & may not include the most up-to-date information. We encourage you to reach out to these organizations to learn more about their current programs & service offerings.
Many of these organizations host events. Check the Lancaster Entrepreneurship Calendar to stay in the loop on upcoming workshops, seminars, speakers & networking events that are aimed at supporting the local startup community.