Whether you are gearing up to launch a new business or are already in the early stages, you can benefit from one-on-one assistance, classes, and workshops that are provided by a range of organizations in and around Lancaster County. Startup Basics are the essential pieces needed to get started in business. 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, and employees. At SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon, you can work with a seasoned business professional as you develop a business plan. ASSETS offers classes and learning circles to help you learn the logistics of what you need to do to start. Ben Franklin Technology Partners work with technology-based businesses from idea to launch.
Sometimes you just need to talk to an expert. Duke Street Business Center has a wide range of resources, data, and guides for starting a business as well as a knowledgeable staff that can point you in the right direction. At SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon and Kutztown SBDC, you can schedule a one-on-one chat with a mentors and consultants to assist you as your business launches and grows.
Find out who else is doing what you do and how. Duke Street Business Center has access to national databases and help pinpoint the data you need. The Lancaster City Alliance track and network local businesses. SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon can provide you with the knowhow for competing in the local marketplace.
Take a business class
ASSETS Learning Circles and SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon’s Simple Steps for Starting Your Business provide the basics needed to start a business through a series of classes. The Women’s Business Center at ASSETS, the Lancaster Chamber, and Kutztown SBDC all frequently host workshops on a range of business topics. Check the calendar to find out what classes are currently available.
Connect with other businesses
ASSETS, the Candy Factory, and the Lancaster Chamber all provide networking opportunities through their events and mixers. Duke Street Business Center can direct you to national industry associations, while the Lancaster Chamber and SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon can connect you with local businesses and industry groups.