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Market Research

Market Research should begin long before the Business Plan is written. The results of that research will help to not only define the potential customers for a product or service, but how to design, price and sell it. Moreover, market information is invaluable when approaching funding sources. “Copycat” or “me...
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Improving Your Credit Report

To a business person, a good credit history is even more important. It might affect one’s ability to get the financing needed to start or run a business.

Business Plan Assistance

A Business Plan can be the single-most important tool in getting your business off the ground. It will help you define your goals, keep you on target, get financing, manage your growth, and more

Contractor and Permit Requirements

The following information must be submitted with all permit applications. Permit applications will not be accepted without these documents.

Parts of a Business Plan

Whether you are starting a pizza shop or a plumbing business, a flower shop or a factory, you need a solid plan.

Deciding Your Ownership Structure

Learn about the different ownership structures - Sole proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC). They all have distinct tax implications.

Register a Trademark

While you are not required to register your mark, there are certain advantages to owning a federal Trademark registration.

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required as a condition of a change in the use and occupancy of a space in accordance with the International Building Code. Certificates of Occupancy are also required for all new construction and building additions.

Handbill Distribution License

This license is required for any distributor, distribution business, or person, who distributes commercial handbills on sidewalks, in public places, or door-to-door.

Dumpster License, Private

All private dumpsters required a lifetime license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Wage Tax

The City Wage Tax is a tax on salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation paid to an employee employed by or rendering services to an employer. Generally, individual employees of Pennsylvania companies will find that the employer deducts Wage Tax from their pay, since this is required by law.

Net Profits Tax

The Net Profits Tax (NPT) is levied on the net profits from the operation of a trade, business, profession, enterprise or other activity.