There are many ways to grow your business. Planning for the future can ensure sustainability and success. As your businesses steps out of idea & into operation, here are some opportunities for strategic growth.
Do an impact analysis.
ASSETS Measure What Matters helps existing businesses learn to measure & improve on their social & environmental performance.
Network & get feedback.
Some of the best growth strategies & feedback can come from one-on-one professional & peer-to-peer conversations. Catamaran’s Consultation Sessions & SCORE’s Advisory Board provide professional one time feedback for existing businesses. SCORE’s Small Business Roundtables, the Lancaster City Alliance Merchant Committee, and Lancaster Chamber’s Get Connected! all provide opportunities to find and network with peers.
Join an Accelerator.
Accelerators are programs that help existing businesses refine their products & business plans with an eye on rapid growth. ASSETS Women's Business Accelerator is a 12-month program for women business owners to improve their personal and business management skills and impact. Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator gives professional guidance to early-stage tech-related businesses. The Catamaran Accelerator is a three-month rapid product development business accelerator program designed to support startups with emerging technology solutions. If you need more options, check out this extended list of accelerators & incubators.
Lancaster Chamber, Duke Street Business Center, Kutztown SBDC, Lancaster City Alliance & SCORE all provide one-on-one help for businesses. Lancaster Chamber provides programs, training & events that help individuals connect & businesses grow. Duke Street Business Center is available to answer specific data-centered questions. Kutztown SBDC has in-house expertise & works one-on-one with businesses on forecasting & financing. Lancaster City Alliance acts as a business concierge service by connecting business leaders with the right resources. SCORE’s mentors are well-versed in growth strategies for businesses of all types.