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Certified Development Companies (CDC), Industrial Development Corporations (IDC) and Local and Regional Development Corporations (LDC & RDC), exist to support business development and growth within their community or region. Types of assistance offered include low cost financing, such as the SBA 504 Loan Program, site finding and statistical research.

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Local Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Aliquippa
Aliquippa Alliance for Unity and Development
Micro-Loan Contact: Jonathan Pettis...View details

Allentown
Allentown Economic Development Corporation
Contact: Janice Gubich, Director of Finance...View details

Altoona
Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation
Contact: Martin J. Marasco, President and CEO...View details

Altoona
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission
Executive Director: Edward M. Silvetti Micro-Loan Contact: Michael Mignogna Works to encourage the creation and retention of jobs, while actively seeking to improve the quality of life...View details

Bethlehem
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lehigh University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Clarion
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Clarion University of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Clarion County
Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC)
The Clarion County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that works with existing and prospective businesses to create and keep family sustaining jobs in Clarion County....View details

Erie
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Gannon University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Exton
South Eastern Economic Development Company of PA (SeedCo)
SeedCo offers economic development loan programs to minority, women-owned, veterans and other small business owners. As the largest nonprofit Certified Development Company (CDC) in Pennsylvania,...View details

Indiana
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Kutztown
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Kutztown University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Lancaster
Community First Fund
Executive Director: Don Dehart Micro-Loan Contact: Glenda Machia Works to create economic opportunities and stronger communities throughout central Pennsylvania with affordable loans, one-on-one...View details

Latrobe
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Saint Vincent College
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Lewisburg
SEDA-COG Local Development Corporation
Contact: Jerry Bohinski, Chief, Economic Development...View details

Lewisburg
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Bucknell University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Lock Haven
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lock Haven University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Loretto
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Saint Francis College
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Oil City
Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Dev. Commission
Executive Director: William Steiner Micro-Loan Contact: Dale F. Massie...View details

Philadelphia
Ben Franklin Technology of SE Pennsylvania
Executive Director and Micro-Loan Contact, Terrence Hicks Works to stimulate economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurship and the development and adoption of new technologies....View details

Philadelphia
DelVal Business Finance Corporation
DelVal Business Finance Corp. (DelVal) is a 504 Lender...View details

Philadelphia
Northeastern Economic Development Co. of PA-CDC, Inc.
Formerly called Northeastern Economic Development Company (NEDC), ASBF is a non-profit organization that works with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and private sector lenders to...View details

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation
Executive Director: Curtis Jones, Jr Micro-Loan Contact: Rick Dean/Linda House Works to revitalize neighborhoods and assist small, minority and female-owned businesses. Also promotes entrepreneurial...View details

Philadelphia
Small Business Administration (SBA) Pennsylvania District Office
Works to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation....View details

Philadelphia
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Environmental Management Assistance Program
Helps businesses learn how to use pollution prevention in order to reduce raw material purchase costs; reduce compliance burdens and costs associated with environmental permits, recordkeeping...View details

Philadelphia
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) State Director's Office
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Philadelphia
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Temple University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Philadelphia
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) University of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Pittsburgh
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Duquesne University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Pittsburgh
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) University of Pittsburgh
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Pittsburgh / Southwest PA
Bridgeway Capital, Inc.
Bridgeway Capital provides both primary and secondary sources of financing, and often partners with a bank or other financial institution to find the best financial solution for the small business....View details

Pittston
Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
Executive Director: Cameron Moore Micro-Loan Contact: Tom Pellegrini Works to coordinate economic development activities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania....View details

Reading
Greater Berks Development Fund (GBDF)
GBDF helps companies locate, expand and grow in Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania by providing assistance with site selection, relocation, financing, state incentive program applications...View details

Ridgway
North Central PA Regional Planning & Dev. Commission
Executive Director: Ronald W. Kuleck Micro-Loan Contact: Jill Foys...View details

Scranton
MetroAction, Inc
Executive Director: John Kokinchak Micro-Loan Contact: Kristine French...View details

Scranton
Northeastern Economic Development Co. of PA-CDC, Inc.
Formerly called Northeastern Economic Development Company (NEDC), ASBF is a non-profit organization that works with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and private sector lenders to...View details

Scranton
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) University of Scranton
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

University Park
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Penn State
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details

Washington
Washington County Council on Economic Development
Executive Director: Malcolm Morgan Micro-Loan Contact: Daniel Reitz...View details

Wilkes-Barre
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Wilkes University
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - a network of sixteen college and university-based business assistance centers - provides education and consulting to Pennsylvania's...View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
BusinessFinancing.org
A non-promotional website built to help guide business owners with simple and straight-to-the-point facts about financing....View details

Statewide
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Works to foster opportunities for businesses and communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy, thereby enabling Pennsylvania to achieve a superior quality of life....View details

Nationwide
Office of the National Ombudsman (ONO)
The ONO assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation....View details

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