Business Startup & Growth

Every business opportunity is unique. The Capital Region Economic Development Corporation has the resources available to help you start, expand, or bring your business to our region. We work very closely with regional partners to provide services necessary to help your business succeed. Our staff works with each business individually to help locate the best resources necessary to move to the next level.

From business plans, to financing options, to relocations, to major business decisions, CREDC has the expertise or the appropriate business relationships to help you frame your decisions. CREDC has counseled businesses on these and other topics:


  • Starting a new business
  • Getting your business registered
  • Writing a business plan
  • Developing financial projections


  • Real estate purchases
  • Equipment purchases
  • Working capital requirements
  • Preparations to negotiate with financial institutions

Resources & Partners

Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ)

The Harrisburg Market Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) awards tax credits to for-profit, start-up companies that operate in life sciences, light and advanced manufacturing, and business technology solutions industries. The KIZ program awards tax credits from a statewide pool of up to $15 million annually. Since 2007, approximately $7.5 million in KIZ tax credits have been awarded to Harrisburg Market KIZ companies.

Details on the KIZ program:

  • Companies must be in operation for less than 8 years. Companies must operate from within the boundaries of the KIZ
  • Assists KIZ companies in the early stages of growth
  • Tax credits awarded can offset certain state tax liabilities and/or be sold

The Harrisburg Market KIZ is a partnership between some of the most respected colleges and universities in Pennsylvania including: Penn State Milton Hershey College of Medicine, Dickinson College, Messiah College, Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg University, Central Pennsylvania College, Shippensburg University, and the Harrisburg Area Community College.

Boundaries of the Harrisburg Market KIZ

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