Governor Wolf Launches PA Business One-Stop Shop to Support Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship
Mike Chmielewski | Director of External Affairs
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs |Office of Governor Tom Wolf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
|Governor Wolf Launches PA Business One-Stop Shop to Support Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship
Harrisburg, PA –February 7, 2018- Today, Governor Tom Wolf launched the new PA Business One-Stop Shop to serve as a sole source to guide entrepreneurs and small businesses through all stages of development, from planning and startup to operation and expansion.
“I know first-hand how difficult it can be as a business owner to navigate through the complex web of processes, requirements, and resources that are needed to successfully run a business,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why I tasked my administration to come together across agencies to simplify the process so entrepreneurs can get back to doing what they do best – creating, innovating, and succeeding in Pennsylvania.”
The PA Business One-Stop Shop can be found at business.pa.gov and includes resources for planning a business, registration and permitting, hiring employees, receiving funding and technical assistance, and more. It is intended to take the guesswork out of many business operations and procedures, and serves as an equalizer for any who want to do business here.
Before the One-Stop Shop, a small business owner or entrepreneur would be required to seek out information from several different agencies and organizations throughout the planning, startup, and operation processes. The PA Business One-Stop Shop consolidates all of this information into one website, and any questions can be directed to a single phone number that provides one-on-one customer service by phone as well.
“One of the biggest barriers to entry that an entrepreneur can face is the difficulty of knowing what steps to take to start a business, and then knowing what further steps to take to grow that business,” Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said. “With the PA Business One-Stop Shop, what used to require endless searching for websites and countless phone calls – or spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on services to assist in that process – now can be found on one website, with one phone number. It’s great news for those looking to start or grow a business in Pennsylvania.”
The process for creating the PA Business One-Stop Shop was truly an interagency state government collaboration between the departments of State, Labor and Industry, Revenue, and the Office of Administration. To identify the needs of the business community, Wolf Administration officials held planning sessions and user testing with a wide variety of internal government and external stakeholders and partners to ensure different perspectives and input was received from communities and businesses across Pennsylvania.
“I am thrilled that the governor unveiled the PA Business One-Stop Shop in his budget address,” Rep. Jared G. Solomon said. “This idea was one his team and I have been working on since I took office. It is imperative that we remove the barriers to businesses starting, growing and relocating in Pennsylvania. They should not fall victim to the silos of state government that can sometimes stifle the creative spark and energy of entrepreneurship by shuffling people back and forth from one department to the next. The PA Business One-Stop Shop is a big step forward to reducing this possibility.”
“I’ve hosted Small Business Expos in my district, and the single biggest concern has been knowing where to turn and how to access programs that support business startup and growth,” said Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, Democratic Chairman of the House Commerce Committee. “This new one-stop shop will be very helpful to people who have the initiative, drive, and goals of starting, operating, or growing their business. I applaud the efforts of the governor and DCED to create a new resource for our business community and entrepreneurs. If we are to fuel the economic engine of Pennsylvania, we need to arm our businesses – especially our small businesses, which truly are the backbone of our state – with access to, and readily available information about the tools that Pennsylvania offers.”
“This new one-stop shop program will greatly benefit entrepreneurs in our state,” Rep. Brian Ellis said. “As House Commerce Committee chairman, I am interested in growing our state’s economy, attracting new businesses and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit throughout our state.”
“Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop will provide much-needed resources for aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Rep. Michael Peifer. “It can be difficult to understand the technical details of starting and operating a business, and I am happy to see DCED working to ensure this information is readily available to all Pennsylvanians.”