New bill makes starting a new business easier for PA entrepreneurs

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House Bill 1284 has passed, Governor Tom Wolf’s PA Business One-Stop Shop initiative.  This initiative is formed to assist entrepreneurs owners in all stages of starting and running their business. 

“As a former business owner, I know that for too long the processes and procedures for starting and running a business were a barrier to entry for so many entrepreneurs across the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “I’m proud that my PA Business One-Stop Shop has successfully eased that burden on entrepreneurs. I applaud the legislature for recognizing that success and cementing the one-stop shop into statute.”

The PA Business One-Stop Shop was developed to address identified areas of need for entrepreneurs and small business owners across the commonwealth and assists with planning a business, registration and permitting, hiring employees, and funding and technical assistance.

The PA Business One-Stop Shop consolidates information from many agencies into one easy-to-use website. It is intended to take the guesswork out of many business operations and procedures and serves as an equalizer for any who want to start and run a business in Pennsylvania.

Wolf initially proposed the PA Business One-Stop Shop in his budget address for the 2017-18 fiscal year, and officially launched the program one year later during his 2018-2019 budget address in February 2018. The One-Stop Shop has quickly built momentum since launch, generating more than 71,000 unique visits to the website and receiving critical buy-in and support from partners across the commonwealth like Small Business Development Centers.

When Governor Wolf signs HB1284 into law, it will cement the PA Business One-Stop Shop into statute and secure its future.

In addition to the PA Business One-Stop Shop website, aspiring entrepreneurs or current business owners can also call a phone number, 833.722.6778, to connect to a team of dedicated business consultants and subject matter experts who can answer questions. Together, the website and team of experts will help guide and support businesses through all stages of development from planning and startup to operation and expansion.

For more information about the PA Business One-Stop Shop website or the Wolf Administration’s commitment to helping businesses grow and thrive, visit the DCED website, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

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