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Local Small Business Resources
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Apply for Pro Bono legal services with the Wharton, Penn Carey Law's Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Learn More --- From pre-venture counseling to non-profit advice, the ELC provides an array of services to entrepreneurs. Apply to become a Fall Semester 2023 client.
Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) Loan Program
Information below under Economic Recovery, Resources & Grants
- Events, Webinars, Workshops
- Economic Recovery, Resources & Grants
- Chambers of Commerce
- Helpful Links
4th Annual Women Building Businesses Conference
An exciting in-person event focusing on providing practical and usable information to women entrepreneurs!
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 9 am to 3 pm
Parx Casino East
Network with Women Entrepreneurs! Visit with Exhibitors and Sponsors!
Keynote Speaker: Tracy Davidson, Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Anchor NBC10
Topics include How to Navigate the Social Media Jungle, How to Create your own Personal Brand, Understand the value of products and services, HR Tips for Small Businesses and more.
Seating is limited, so register early!
Events, Webinars and Workshops presented by SCORE Bucks County
Surviving to Thriving - Addressing HR Issues in a Post-Pandemic World
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 11:30 am
Join speaker Christina Reger for an engaging interactive program discussing how businesses should address HR issues as the community moves out of the pandemic. Topics discussed include the status of business operations, tax considerations, reconfiguring operations permanently - what policies and procedures must be updated and more.
Learn more and register for this FREE webinar on HR issues in a post-pandemic world
What You Should Know About Business Liability Insurance
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 11:30 am
This webinar will provide a high level overview of the liability coverages that business owners will need in order to protect their business. It will include explanations of General Liability, Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability and Cyber Liability.
Learn more and register for this FREE webinar on Business Liability Insurance
Basic Product and Service Sales Skills
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 11:30 am
This live webinar will provide attendees with the basic sales knowledge and skills to effectively and successfully present their products and services. Key topics will include "nothing happens until someone sells something," handling questions and objections and more.
Learn more and register for this FREE webinar on Product and Service Sales Skills
Best Practices to Lower your Business Expenses and Improve Cash Flow in Short and Long Term
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 11:30 am
Join our free webinar and discover the power of an effective cost containment culture! Learn how it impacts cash flow, profitability, and business objectives. Gain valuable insights, best practices, and expert tips on short-term cash flow strategies, long-term cost reduction, spend analysis, supplier secrets, RFP best practices, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to optimize your expenses and drive financial success!
Learn more and register for this FREE webinar on Best Practices
Office Hours with Amazon
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm
If you are interested in learning more about selling in Amazon’s store, their resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and opportunities to build a business with Amazon, please join our monthly Office Hours with Amazon. This month, Dan Corcoran, from Amazon’s Small Business Empowerment Team, will answer your questions about product reviews, promotional campaigns, features for small businesses and brand owners, and more. Don’t miss the chance to participate in a live Q&A with Amazon.
Learn more and register for this FREE webinar Q&A with Amazon
Retirement Planning 101 for Small Businesses
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 11:30 am
This session will discuss saving and investing for your retirement needs. As small business owners, there are special programs available that target small business owners, and their employees. Knowing the options available is important, this session will outline some things to be aware of.
Learn more and register for this FREE webinar on Retirement Planning
Office Hours with Amazon
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm
If you are interested in learning more about selling in Amazon’s store, their resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and opportunities to build a business with Amazon, please join our monthly Office Hours with Amazon. Office hours are for those who are new to Amazon, specifically, those who are not currently selling in Amazon's store, or haven't yet made their first sale. Registration will be limited so that all participant questions can be addressed.
Learn more and register for this free Q&A with Amazon
For the latest information, please visit the Bucks County SCORE Workshop page.
Workshops and Events from SCORE TriCounty
Check back soon for more events!
Bucks Business Recovery/Economic Resources/Grants
Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) Loan Program
The Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) provides low-interest, fixed-rate loans to small businesses undertaking projects which reduce waste, pollution or energy use. This funding can help small businesses comply with environmental regulations while benefiting from the economic benefits of preventing pollution or waste, or becoming energy efficient. The program is a collaboration between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
PPAA Loan Program Technical Application
PPAA Loan Program Financial Application
Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program website
Small Business Advantage Grant
Approximately $500,000 available for projects that help small businesses increase energy efficiency, reduce pollution or protect our waterways. From manufacturing to retail to agriculture small businesses of many kinds are eligible, Application deadline was March 24, 2022. Stay tuned for information on any upcoming Small Business Advantage Grant Program application windows.
Small Business Advantage Grant Program Guidelines
Small Business Advantage Grant Website
Small Business Grant Opportunities
Developed and administered by Startup Bucks, a local non-profit organization, Bucks Built provides $250,000 annually into 10 promising early-stage startups per round with funding from the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority and provides $40,000 in grants funded by Penn Community Bank.
Through up to 12 months of iterative advising, resources, and connections, Bucks Built helps recipients master growth and access follow-on investment.
More information on this grant opportunity can be found at https://startupbucks.org/bucks-built.
12 Best Small Business Grants for Women for 2022
12 Best Small Business Grants for Women for 2022 courtesy of Fit Small Business
Business grants for women are essentially free money offered by organizations or special-interest groups to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses. They aren’t loans—you aren’t required to repay them once they’ve been awarded.
Listed below are 12 websites that either provide direct grant money to women-owned businesses or assistance to help them secure grant money from other sources.
Amber Grant- $2,000 grant with potential for additional $25,000
Cartier Women’s Initiative - Up to $100,000 for early-stage business
Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program- $5,000 for businesses with revenues over $75,000
GrantsforWomen.org - A vast listing of grants and scholarships available to women
SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant- A foundation that helps sponsor $5,000 to $10,000 grants to black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs.
IFundWomen- A marketplace looking to close the gender gap in startup funding.
SBA Women’s Business Centers- Resource centers for business training and access to credit and capital
American Association of University Women- $10,000 for businesses supporting women in the community
Halstead Grant - Up to $7,500 for silver jewelry businesses
Minority Business Development Agency- Business resources including assistance completing grant applications
Grants.gov- Database of federally-sponsored grants, including small business grants for women-owned companies
37 Angels - Angel investment funding for startups
Read the full article: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/best-women-owned-business-grants/
Bucks Business Recovery
Bucks County has worked with a number of agencies to aid in the recovery of small businesses that were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county partnered to award three rounds of the Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grant and recently finished awarding Bucks Business Recovery Grants. In addition, 196 recipients were awarded the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) Grants.
Additional information on these grants, including application breakdowns and the award plans, can be found on the Bucks Back to Work/Economic Resources page.
Any additional questions you may have should be sent to [email protected].
Do you own a business in Bucks County. If so, the Bucks County Commissioners and the Planning Commission desire your input to help plan the future of the county. Please take a moment to complete this very important Bucks 2040 Survey so that we may continue to assist our businesses as best as possible moving forward.
For questions regarding the re-opening of businesses, please call 800-383-0371 or email [email protected]. Upon request, the Bucks County Chambers of Commerce, Bucks SCORE, Startup Bucks, and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers will provide additional guidance to businesses planning to reopen.
Chambers of Commerce
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
252 W Swamp Road (Route 313)
Bailiwick, Suite 23
Doylestown, PA 18901
Email: Email Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Link: Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Website
Greater BucksMont Chamber of Commerce
228 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
Email: Email Greater BucksMont Chamber of Commerce
Link: Greater BucksMont Chamber of Commerce Website
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
10 Stockton Ave
New Hope, PA 18938
Email: Email Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
Link: Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
409 Hood Boulevard
Fairless, PA 19030
Link: Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce Website
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
21 N Main Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
Email: Email Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Link: Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Website
Helpful Links for Bucks County Small Businesses
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers
- Upper/Central Bucks - Lehigh University SBDC
- Lower/Central Bucks - Temple University, Fox School of Business, SBDC
US Small Business Administration
PA Department of Community and Economic Development