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Starting a Business in York City

Starting and growing a business requires careful planning, business skills, financial resources, motivation and a lot of hard work.

The key to getting started is your Business Plan. A Business Plan is a road map for your business- it details where you want to take your business and the route of how to get there. Developing a business plan will help you to determine if starting a business is a journey you wish to embark upon.

A business plan generally includes:

  1. a business description
  2. a marketing plan
  3. a financial management plan
  4. a management plan

What resources are available to me?

Numerous organizations provide free or low cost services to individuals planning to start a business. Several of these community and economic development agencies provide business plan assistance, conduct training seminars, and provide general entrepreneurial counseling. Some of these agencies also provide lower than conventional rate financing for qualifying businesses.

It may also be necessary to enlist the services of paid professionals, such as an attorney and an accountant. Cultivating relationships with commercial lenders may also be necessary to meet start-up and long-term business funding needs. Engaging a qualified professional team can provide the legal and financial advice and resources necessary to build a firm foundation for starting a business.

Getting Started Packet  (click to read The New Business Manual)

Resources For Starting A Business In York

Community First Fund

226 East Market Street
York, PA 17403
(717) 846-3863
www.commfirstfund.org
*Business plan counseling, financing, and general counseling.

York County Economic Development Corporation

144 Roosevelt Avenue
York, PA 17401
(717) 846-8879
www.ycedc.org
*Financing and general counseling.

Downtown Inc

(717) 849-2331
www.downtownyorkpa.com
*Downtown beautification, safety and marketing.

SCORE

2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
York, PA 17404
(717) 845-8830
*Business plan counseling and general counseling.

AHEAD

(Association for Helping Entrepreneurs Achieve Dreams)
37 W. Market Street, 2nd Floor Rear, Ste. #10
York, Pennsylvania 17401
(717) 812-0180
*General business counseling.

Shippensburg University - Small Business Development Center

1871 Old Main Drive
405 Grove Hall
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1935
www.ship.edu/SBDC/
*Business planning and management techniques.

U.S. Small Business Administration

(717) 782-3840
www.sba.gov
*Business plan counseling, financing, and general counseling.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - Small Business Development Center

MANTEC
600 N. Hartley St.
York, PA 17404
(717) 825-1132
 www.kutztownsbdc.org/default.asp
*General business counseling services and education.

 

Tax, Permitting and Licensing Issues

Depending on the nature of your business, various licensing, permit, and tax issues may apply. It will be important to identify the City, State and Federal requirements that will apply to your business. For more information, contact the applicable agency or individual listed below.

General Information:

Deputy Director-Bureau of Permits and Zoning
101 South George St.
PO Box 509
York, PA 17405
Phone (717) 849-2240
Fax (717) 849 -2329

York Adams Tax Bureau

1405 N. Duke Street

York, PA 17404

Phone (717) 845-1584

Fax (717)854-6376

Website http://www.yatb.com/ 

Building Permits/ Zoning:

(717) 849-2256

Food Services Licenses:

Permits and Health Licensing Bureau (717) 845-2124