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Starting a Business in York City

Starting and growing a business requires careful planning, business skills, financial resources, motivation and a lot of hard work.

The key to getting started is your Business Plan. A Business Plan is a road map for your business- it details where you want to take your business and the route of how to get there. Developing a business plan will help you to determine if starting a business is a journey you wish to embark upon.

A business plan generally includes:

  1. a business description
  2. a marketing plan
  3. a financial management plan
  4. a management plan

What resources are available to me?

Numerous organizations provide free or low cost services to individuals planning to start a business. Several of these community and economic development agencies provide business plan assistance, conduct training seminars, and provide general entrepreneurial counseling. Some of these agencies also provide lower than conventional rate financing for qualifying businesses.

It may also be necessary to enlist the services of paid professionals, such as an attorney and an accountant. Cultivating relationships with commercial lenders may also be necessary to meet start-up and long-term business funding needs. Engaging a qualified professional team can provide the legal and financial advice and resources necessary to build a firm foundation for starting a business.

Getting Started Packet  (click to read The New Business Manual)

Resources For Starting A Business In York

Community First Fund

226 East Market Street
York, PA 17403
(717) 846-3863
*Lending, financing, business plan and general business counseling.

York County Economic Development Corporation

144 Roosevelt Avenue
York, PA 17401
(717) 846-8879
*Financing and general counseling.

Downtown Inc

(717) 849-2331
*Downtown beautification, marketing support for city businesses.


2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
York, PA 17404
(717) 845-8830
*Business plan counseling, start up and general counseling.


(Association for Helping Entrepreneurs Achieve Dreams)
37 W. Market Street, 2nd Floor Rear, Ste. #10
York, Pennsylvania 17401
(717) 812-0180
*General business counseling.

Shippensburg University - Small Business Development Center- SBDC

1871 Old Main Drive
405 Grove Hall
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1935
*Free business startup planning and management techniques.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Philadelphia District Office
1150 First Avenue
Suite 1001, Parkview Tower
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 382-3080
*Business plan counseling, financing, and general counseling.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - Small Business Development Center - SBDC

600 N. Hartley St.
Suite 100
York, PA 17404
(717) 825-1132
*Free procurement training, how to sell to state, federal and local governments. 

YorKitchen at Central Market

Shared Incubator Kitchen for food entrepreneurs
37 West Clarke Ave.
York, PA 17401
(717) 814-8879


600 N. Hartley St.
Suite 100
York, PA 17404
(717) 825-1132
*Support for manufacturers, Six Sigma and LEAN efficiency training.


Tax, Permitting and Licensing Issues

Depending on the nature of your business, various licensing, permit, and tax issues may apply. It will be important to identify the City, State and Federal requirements that will apply to your business. For more information, contact the applicable agency or individual listed below.

General Information:

Deputy Director-Bureau of Permits and Zoning
101 South George St.
PO Box 509
York, PA 17405
Phone (717) 849-2208
Fax (717) 849 -2329

York Adams Tax Bureau

1405 N. Duke Street

York, PA 17404

Phone (717) 845-1584

Fax (717)854-6376

Website http://www.yatb.com/ 

Building Permits/ Zoning:

(717) 849-2256

Food Services Licenses:

Permits and Health Licensing Bureau (717) 845-2124