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Small Business Assistance Links

State Resources

  • PA Biz Online
    The goal of this web site is to provide business customers with an easy, fast and efficient way to comply with Pennsylvania’s various statutory processes and filing requirements involved in establishing a business.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
    Mission: To foster opportunities for businesses and communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy, thereby enabling Pennsylvanians to achieve a superior quality of life.
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
    The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry serves as the front-line advocate for business on Capitol Hill by advocating to the legislative, regulatory and judicial branches of state government.
  • Office of Pollution Prevention & Energy Assistance
    The program goal is to effectively work with citizen's groups, businesses, trade organizations, local governments and communities to reduce pollution and save energy.
  • Waste Management
    The Bureau of Waste Management is responsible for recycling and solid waste programs.
  • PennSTAR Project Final Report (PDF)
    The Pennsylvania Spray Technique Analysis and Research (PennSTAR) program was designed to provide demonstrations to auto body technicians and refinishers in the field of collision repair to help reduce the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC ’s) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP’s) being released into the atmosphere and at the same time reduce costs to collision repair facilities.
  • Tool #1: A Practical Guide to Environmental Compliance
    An Environmental Self-Evaluation Guide for Small Business.

Federal Resources

  • U.S. Business Advisor
    A one-stop electronic link to all the information and services that the U.S government provides to the business community.
  • Design for the Environment Auto Refinish Project
    The program is working with the auto repair industry and individual shops to increase awareness of the health and environmental concerns associated with auto refinishing and to identify and encourage use of safer, cleaner, more efficient practices and technologies.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
    Established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses.
  • Small Business Resources
    This information sheet provides an array of resources to help small businesses understand and comply with federal and state environmental laws.


  • Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC)
    ETAC's mission is to help manufacturers implement electric drying and curing technologies that increase production, improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of their manufacturing processes.
  • Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program
    Helps Pennsylvania business and industry improve their competitiveness by providing free scientific and technological assistance and information to help resolve specific technical questions or problems that can be addressed within a limited amount of time.
  • National Federation of Independent Business
    A national advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses.
  • Lehigh University Industrial Assessment Center
    Lehigh University's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) provides industrial assessment service to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The center is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as a part of a national program to perform no-cost industrial assessments for small to medium sized industries.