Building a business is no small task. Luckily, Lancaster is home to a wide variety of support services, mentors & business resource providers that are ready to help you find the answers & tools you'll need to get established & grow.




The LCA works to improve the City’s financial stability, public safety & quality of life by aligning with like-minded economic-development & community organizations to produce extraordinary outcomes for the future benefit & utility of the City.


ASSETS creates economic opportunity & cultivates entrepreneurial leadership by offering programs focusing on small businesses & social enterprise, including business start-up trainings, Lending Circles (micro-loans for small businesses) & the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. 

women's business center at ASSETS

Developed in partnership with the Small Business Administration, the WBC assists small business owners of all race & gender who are starting or expanding their small business, with extra consideration given to the specific challenges & issues for women entrepreneurs. 

Small Business Administration

The SBA's Eastern Pennsylvania District Office provides small businesses with opportunities for business financing, entrepreneurial development, government contracting & advocacy.

SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon

Whether launching a new business or tackling issues in an existing one, SCORE has over 50 volunteer mentors to provide expert advice & feedback through a free, confidential mentoring program.


For 30+ years, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA has provided startup funding & business support services to tech-based startups & small manufacturers located in its 32-county footprint.


The EDC of Lancaster County is the leading organization dedicated to promoting business development & expansion within Lancaster County. As a private, nonprofit, non-government organization, EDC works to promote the economic well-being of Lancaster's communities.


Pubforge is a tech-working space located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA – a well-equipped sanctuary where professional technologists can focus, produce and grow. 

The Candy Factory

The Candy Factory is Lancaster's premier coworking community and shared work space for professionals, the perfect place for small businesses, freelancers, startups, non-profits & students.


As Lancaster's first makerspace, the make717 Innovation Center is at the epicenter of collaboration & innovation in Lancaster County, working to foster an environment where we share knowledge, experience, tools & resources.

Lancaster Marketing Group

LMG is a nonprofit organization comprised of marketing professionals from various concentrations that are striving to enhance the profession by educating the public & connecting marketing professionals.

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Lancaster Chamber is a business-focused organization that helps people thrive, businesses excel and our community prosper. The Chamber boasts an impressive menu of services aimed at helping business leaders & professionals connect, learn and grow.


The department of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization works to revitalize & preserve the City by supporting businesses & protecting existing housing stock.

PA State Department of Community & Economic Development

The DCED works to foster opportunities for businesses to grow & for communities to succeed & thrive in a global economy, offering a variety of support services such as business registration & financing, business plan assistance & more.

Community First Fund

CFF's mission is to create sustainable prosperity for low-wealth communities & individuals – especially Persons of Color & women – by aligning capital, knowledge & advocacy to advance business ownership, housing & community development in the communities we serve.

Duke Street Business Center

Housed at Lancaster Public Library, the Duke Street Business Center provides up-to-date business & nonprofit information through access to licensed databases, specialized websites & authoritative reference books & periodicals.

Kutztown Small Business Development Center

The Kutztown SBDC provides consulting services & educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business.


TecCentro offers bilingual vocational training & integrated support services, including adult education, job readiness workshops, employment services, bilingual training, & multiple career pathways. 

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Thaddeus Stevens College offers skilled training & education for PA's economically & socially disadvantaged populations.

Harrisburg area community college

HACC provides an accessible & affordable higher educational opportunity for the Central PA region, with more than 150 degrees & dozens of certificate & workforce education programs to help professionals advance their careers. 

Tech lancaster

Led by & comprised of members of the tech community, TechLancaster is dedicated to supporting the continued growth in Lancaster's tech scene & ensuring that the community remains a healthy, open & welcoming place for all its current & future members.

Kick-ass Female Entrepreneurs

A group for female & aspiring entrepreneurs that meets monthly at a female-owned & operated business in Lancaster to share knowledge, skills & advice; network; & support each other as they grow their businesses.