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:
- a business description
- a marketing plan
- a financial management plan
- 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 County Economic Development Corporation
144 Roosevelt Avenue
2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
(Association for Helping Entrepreneurs Achieve Dreams)
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - Small Business Development Center
2917 North Front Street
U.S. Small Business Administration
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.
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
Building Permits/ Zoning:
Food Services Licenses:
Permits and Health Licensing Bureau (717) 845-2124