Startup Basics.

Businesses start with a product & a way that that product is delivered & sold. Entrepreneurs who are considering launching a new business or are in the early stages can benefit from the one-on-one assistance, classes, workshops, & resources provided by a range of organizations in & around Lancaster County. Startup Basics are the essential pieces of information that you need in place to get started in business. Remember – there are many ways to start a business, so be sure to find the path that best fits you.

Refine your idea.

Businesses can start in a lot of different ways. Refining the initial idea will help you better understand what your business will do as well as better communicate with potential customers, funders, & employees. At SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon, you can talk to a seasoned business professional & work on starting a business plan. ASSETS has classes & experts that will help you learn the logistics of what you need to do to start. Catamaran and Ben Franklin Technology Partners work with technology-based businesses from idea to launch.

1-on-1 help.

Sometimes you just need to talk to an expert. Duke Street Business Center has a wide range of resources, data, & guides for starting a business as well as a knowledgeable staff that can point you in the right direction. At Catamaran & Kutztown SBDC, you can schedule a one-on-one chat with an expert & talk ideas; likewise, SCORE will pair you with a mentor to assist you as your business launches & grows.

Research competitors.

Find out who else is doing what you do and how. Duke Street Business Center has access to national databases & help pinpoint the data you need. The Lancaster City Alliance track & network local businesses. SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon can provide you with the knowhow for competing in the local marketplace.

Connect with other businesses.

ASSETS, the Candy Factory, and the Lancaster Chamber all provide networking opportunities through their events & mixers. Duke Street Business Center can direct you to national industry associations, while the Lancaster Chamber & SCORE can connect you with local businesses & industry groups.

Take a business class.

ASSETS Learning Circles & SCORE’s Simple Steps for Starting Your Business provide the basics needed to start a business through a series of classes. Duke Street Business Center, the Candy Factory, the Lancaster Chamber, & Kutztown SBDC all frequently host workshops on a range of business topics. Check the calendar to find out what classes are currently available.

Product Development.

Businesses sell products and services. Get your product or service ready to sell through product development.

Join an incubator.

Incubators help businesses move from idea to launch. A variety of incubators exist in central Pennsylvania. Review this comprehensive list of incubators & accelerators to find one that is the right fit for you.

Contact a trade association.

Network with similar businesses by connecting with a trade association. The Lancaster Chamber can direct you to a range of local trade organizations. Duke Street Business Center has a directory of national trade associations. The Lancaster City Alliance helps Lancaster city merchants connect. SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon hosts Round Tables that connect businesses by location and by industry. Technology Council of Central PA host roundtables & conferences for those in the tech field.

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