Small Business Community Partners & Resources:

Business Resource & Innovation Center

(Free Library of Philadelphia)

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers

(Provides a list of Small Business Development Centers)

City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce

SBA

(The U.S. Small Business Administration)

Clinic for Law & Entrepreneurship, Villanova University School of Law

(Providing legal services for start-up businesses)

SCORE Philadelphia

(Provides free and confidential business advice and counseling)

Department of Licenses and Inspections

(City of Philadelphia’s L&I Department website)

The Enterprise Center

(Assists local entrepreneurs in West Philadelphia)

Entrepreneur Works

(Provides entrepreneurs with access to capital, one-on-one technical assistance, business training & networking opportunities)

The Merchants Fund

(Provides charitable gifts to business persons facing financial hardship)

FINANTA

(A community lender including peer-to-peer loans and small business counseling)

Vets First Verification Program

(The Vets First Verification Program affords verified firms owned and controlled by Veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set asides. (Published on U.S. Department of Veterans Administration)

PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Women’s Business Enterprise Center East

(Provides resources to entrepreneurs and business owners looking to expand)

Penn Law Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

(University of Pennsylvania Law School program that offers no-cost assistance to small businesses)

Women’s Opportunities Resource Center

(Provides training, individual business assistance, job placement, and access to business and financial resources)

 

Small Business ‘Self Help’ Legal Guides

Getting Started

A Guide to Business Registration in Pennsylvania [PDF]

(Prepared by Pennsylvania Department of States Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations)

Guide to Writing a Business Plan [PDF]

(Prepared by Philadelphia VIP and Penn Law Financial Literacy Project)

Entrepreneur’s Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania. [PDF]

(Prepared by Pennsylvania Department Community & Economic Development)

Employment

Model Employee Hanndbooks for Small Business [PDF]

(Prepared by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and Arent Fox LLP)

Pennyslvania Employment Laws

The Alphabet Soup of Labor and Employment Law [PDF]

(Prepared by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta)

Guide to Independent Contractors [PDF]

(Prepared by the National Federation of Independent Businesses)

Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act [PDF]

(Prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor)

Intellectual Property

Trademark, Patent, Copyright? [PDF]

(Prepared by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and Arent Fox LLP)

Intellectual Property Essentials – Identify, Protect, and Profit from Your Innovation (Part 2)

Intellectual Property Essentials – Identify, Protect, and Profit from Your Innovation (Part 1) [PDF]

(Prepared by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta)

Additional Legal Guides/ Resources

Commercial Real Estate Terms and Definitions [PDF]

(Prepared by NAIOP Research Foundation)

START RIGHT A Guide to L+I Services [PDF]

(Philadelphia Guide to Licensing and Inspections (Prepared by Philadelphia office of Licenses and Inspections)

Contract Management Guide [PDF]

(Prepared by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply)

Succession Planning [PDF]

(Prepared by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA))

Immigration Impacts on Small Business Ownership Webinar

(Prepared by D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center)

Tax Considerations for Small Businesses – Part 1

(Prepared by D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center)

IRS Video Portal [Video]

Tax Considerations for Small Businesses – Part 2

(Prepared by D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center)

Legal Checkups – Smart Practices for a Healthy Business [Podcast]

(Prepared by D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center)

The Basics: Commercial Leases [PDF]

(Prepared by Cozen O’Connor)

Small Business Dissolution [PDF]

(Prepared by Philadelphia VIP)

 

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