Resource Directory


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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.

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.