Ben Franklin Technology Partners

“For more than 30 Years, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA has provided startup funding and business support services to tech-based startups and small manufacturers located in PA.

The Program invests not only in the marketable innovations developed in our service area – many of which come to light from our annual big idea contests – but also in business mentoring and support initiatives.” – BFTP website


“Whether launching a new business or tackling issues in an existing one, SCORE of Lancaster has over 50 volunteer mentors to provide expert advice and feedback through our free, confidential, face-to-face mentoring program.

The Lancaster chapter of SCORE also offers a variety of affordable seminars and workshops that educate and prepare entrepreneurs and small business owners, covering everything from business fundamentals to financial planning and marketing.

Our SCORE Business Roundtables give small business owners with common interests the opportunity to interact in an open forum to share experiences, exchange best practices and network.” – SCORE

Small Business Development Centers


“The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high-quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses.  The SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth.” – SBDC Website


“The mission of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper.”




“For the first two decades, ASSETS programs were focused on business training programs and mentoring for low and moderate income persons in Lancaster County. This focus continues to be a core part of the ASSETS mission, and in recent years, programs have expanded to include programming around women’s leadership, microlending and social enterprise training and incubator programs.


The ASSETS vision is to see our communities in Lancaster and Central Pennsylvania transformed by business; by increasing business ownership among women and people of color and increasing the number of social enterprises seeking to address social and/or environmental challenges through their business models.”– Assets Website


Duke St. Business Center


“The Duke Street Business Center at Lancaster Public Library has been serving the entire Lancaster County, PA business and nonprofit community since its opening in March 2006. This unique special library-within-a-library of over 2,000 books, audiobooks, videos, periodicals and electronic resources serves as a one-stop source for authoritative and up-to-date business and nonprofit information. The DSBC is staffed by professionally trained business reference librarians who specialize in providing personalized assistance locating information by utilizing a combination of print resources, licensed business databases and specialized websites.” – Duke Street Business Center Website


Small Business Administration (SBA)


The US Small Business Administration is an independent federal agency that works to assist and protect the interests of American small businesses. They administer programs through district offices throughout the United States and provide additional services through a network of resource partners: Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, U.S. Export Assistance Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.” – City of Lancaster website

PA Business One-Stop Shop


The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is a state government office equipped with knowledge, information, and resources for businesses both large and small. Serving as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns, our team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operating and expanding. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or existing business, we provide complete, customer-focused service backed by firsthand knowledge and experience.” – PA  Business One-Stop Shop Website


Community First Fund

Our mission is to help low wealth communities and individuals, especially People of Color and women, by financing projects that benefit low to moderate-income communities.


Community First Fund creates sustainable prosperity for low wealth communities and individuals, especially Persons of Color and women, by aligning capital, knowledge, and advocacy to advance business ownership, housing and community development.” – Community First Fund Website


EDC Lancaster


The Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC) is the leading organization dedicated to promoting business development and expansion within Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A private, not-for-profit, non-government organization, founded in 1960, EDC works on a number of fronts to promote the economic well-being of our communities. Whether you are starting up your business, expanding your presence here or considering a corporate relocation, EDC can assist you with everything from site location to financing.” – EDC Website


Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs


“Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs is a FREE networking group for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. The purpose of this group is to support one another by offering encouragement, shared knowledge, skills, and advice.”


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce


“The Lancaster Chamber is a business-focused organization that helps people thrive, businesses excel and our community prosper. Since 1872, the Lancaster Chamber has leveraged the collective strength of the private sector to make a positive impact on the community. The Chamber is committed to building a prosperous community for all by advancing a pro-business agenda and focusing on community initiatives that will benefit all of Lancaster County. The organization is also committed to providing resources for individuals and businesses to accelerate ideas, opportunities, and solutions, as well as to connecting business professionals to one another” –  LCC Website



Small Business Development Center


“The mission of the Kutztown Small Business Development Center is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper.


SBDC offers existing businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs access to no cost, confidential consulting services, and learning opportunities. We provide services at our outreach offices in Kutztown, Reading, Harrisburg, Exton, Lancaster, and York.” – Small Business Development Center Kutztown website



Tec Centro


“The mission of Tec Centro is to provide integrated support services to remove barriers which may inhibit career advancement by offering adult education completion, job readiness workshops, employment services, case management, bilingual training, and multiple career pathways.” – Tec Centro website




“TechLancaster started as a simple local meetup, a safe place for like-minded tech people to come together and geek out. We’ve strived to be open, welcoming, and supportive to everyone in the community, regardless of their interest or background.


The past year has seen amazing growth in Lancaster’s tech scene, and we believe this is only the beginning. As members of the tech community, we want to support this growth and ensure the community remains a healthy, open, and welcoming place for all its current and future members.” – Tech Lancaster Website


Lancaster Chamber Young Professional Network


“The Young Professional Network (YPN) provides young professionals with a setting to build relationships and develop professionally. The program also helps to cultivate these future leaders and provide them with opportunities for making connections and developing their careers so that they can help shape the future of Lancaster County.” – Lancaster Chamber website


Lancaster Marketing Group


“Marketing professionals from various concentrations that are striving to enhance our profession by educating the public & connecting marketing professionals.” – Lancaster Marketing Group Facebook


Lancaster Young Professionals


“The only way to sustain Lancaster County is to create a lasting desire for that sustainment. Lancaster Young Professionals pledges to serve Lancaster County whenever possible through volunteer activities and charitable partnerships. These community service efforts will vest the membership of LYP in Lancaster County and serve to strengthen the bonds of our community.


A community is only as strong as its weakest individual. Lancaster Young Professionals strives to enhance the individuals within its membership by providing networking opportunities and professional development. This strengthening of the individual will be a lasting asset to not only to the member but to the Lancaster County community.” – LYP website




Lancaster City Alliance  | Business Startup Tool Kit, the toolkit is a great guide if you’re interested in starting a business.


Other Resources


Leadership Lancaster  – “Leadership Lancaster’s purpose is to identify existing and emerging leaders, to prepare them for roles in shaping the future and to entrust them to guide the county in the years ahead.”


Art Collectives


Lancaster Arts Studio – “The Lancaster Art Studios offers a wide variety of creative outlets, from drawing and painting, to acting and circus arts, there is something for everyone”


Community Kitchen


East Side Community Kitchen – “Our kitchen provides small food-based businesses with an opportunity to grow! Flexible membership tiers and 6 month contracts reduce the financial risks of starting a business.”


Maker Groups


Make717 – “Fostering an environment where we share knowledge, experience,
tools, and resources and where we are engaged in creating.”