Business Start Up & Growth

Start Up Business

If you’re looking to start a business, but have no idea where to start?

Kutztown Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Need help with a business plan? The SBDC offers your business what you need from A to Z. From writing a solid business plan to growing your business, Kutztown SBDC can assist you with taking the next step.

HACC Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies
HACC’s Entrepreneurial Center offers small business counseling as well as training and development to help you turn your idea into reality. Don’t forget to check out the center’s workshop calendar for upcoming events!

Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings
Let the Chamber & CREDC team join you on your special day to celebrate your business opening or re-opening. If you’re interested in hosting a ribbon cutting with us, contact Lindsey Holztman at lholtzman@hbgrc.org

Murata Business Center Associate Client Program
The Murata Business Center’s Associate Client Program is designed to help early stage start-up companies have access to Murata’s business resources, without having to locate to the center on a full-time basis.

Networking for Connections
Check the Chamber & CREDC calendar for our Mid-Day Lunch Breaks and our Business After Hours events. They are held monthly and offer a great opportunity to network with the regional business community.

Emerging Businesses

Have you been in business for a few years and now you’re looking for resources to grow?

Business Roundtables
The Chamber & CREDC have launched roundtables specific to business interest! Get involved with one of our business roundtables today and you’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in your field looking for further development. Click here for more info.

Business Incubator
If you’re ready to take your home-based business to the next level and looking for office space, the Murata Business Center Incubator may just be the perfect choice for you. The incubator offers your growing business the environment you need to be successful. Click here to learn more.

Community First Fund
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 in the communities we serve. From small business seminars to financing, Community First Fund is a great resource for the Central PA region.

Doing Business with the Commonwealth
If you have a solid operating business, contracting with the commonwealth may be a great option for your business. It’s important to be educated on what’s available to you. Also, if you’re interested in certifying as a minority or women owned business, click here.

Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC)
The MSDC is a private certifying agency for minority- owned businesses. If you are looking to connect with contracting opportunities with large regional and national organizations, the MSDC certification could be right for you.

Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WBENC is an excellent resource for women-owned businesses looking to connect with contacts in the northeast region as well as connecting with companies on a national level.

Established Business

Have you been in business for 5 or more years and looking for resources?

PerformanceCEO
If you’re an established business looking for mentoring and coaching, our PerformanceCEO program would be a great fit for you! Connect with other entrepreneurs in a confidential setting to get to the next level both in your business as well as personally. Click here to download the PerformanceCEO info packet. To learn more, contact Amma Johnson at ajohnson@hbgrc.org or Eric Fischer at efischer@hbgrc.org.

Capital Region Economic Development Center (CREDC)
Whether you’re starting a new business or expanding an existing one, we offer many attractive financing options. Businesses benefit from below-market interest rates, fixed rates with stable payments and lower down payment requirements

Site Selection Services
If you’re company is looking to relocate to the Harrisburg region or if you’re in the region and looking for a new office space, we offer site selection assistance for you. Contact Shaun Donovan at sdonovan@hbgrc.org.

Import/Export Services
The Chamber & CREDC has an international committee here to help businesses in our region connect with the right resources for doing international business. Click here to learn more info!