Where to turn for start-up advice

In addition to the resources featured throughout this section, here are a few others: The Entrepreneurs' Forum.

The Entrepreneurs' Forum

Nonprofit, runs monthly seminars on topics like marketing, team-building and entrepreneurial skills. Typically held at the Federal Reserve Bank (7th and Arch) on the second Tuesday of the month. The website has full calendar of events, plus links to useful resources.
215-640-3339
www.efgp.org

Small Business Administration

Programs include Small Business Development Centers at local colleges (see Page P-6 for details), one-on-one counseling by volunteers with business backgrounds and specialized help for female business-owners at two local Women's Business Centers.

The SBA also publishes the "Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Resource" with extensive listings of other resources for entrepreneurs.
610-382-3062
www.sba.gov

Pennsylvania, State of Innovation

A guide to state tax credits and state-funded business initiatives, including life-sciences greenhouses, the Technology Commercialization Initiative, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and many more. The Business Assistance Programs booklet is a handy guide.
866-466-3972
www.newPA.com

Women's Business Development Center

One of the two local SBA Women's Business Centers; calendar packed with practical classes. A resource list at the Web site has excellent details on essentials like registering a fictitious name in Pennsylvania, getting a tax number in Philadelphia and more.
215-790-9232
www.womensbdc.org

Empowerment Group

The Kensington-based nonprofit focuses on inner-city entrepreneurs. Has courses and workshops, and publishes a booklet called "Building Blocks for Small Business," with checklists for matters like hiring and documenting employees, along with contact info for local micro-lenders and community banks.
215-427-9245
www.empowerment-group.org

Select Greater Philadelphia

Publishes an Entrepreneurs' Resource Directory, including where to look for funding, find professional and technical expertise, and more.
www.selectgreaterphiladelphia.com/news/media/reports.cfm