Local Small Business Resources
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Apply for Pro Bono legal services with the Wharton, Penn Carey Law's Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
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
Events, Webinars and Workshops presented by SCORE Bucks County
ChatGPT, AI, and How They Can Help Your Small Business
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 11:30 am
Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT, specifically have rapidly become valuable tools to make small businesses more creative and efficient. In this free webinar, SCORE mentor and technology expert Charlie Morris will review the current state of the art in AI tools focusing on ChatGPT’s capabilities. He will highlight specific use cases for ChatGPT in the small business environment.
Why Should Anyone Work for You?
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 11:30 am
Employees are your greatest cost and your most important asset. In today’s labor market, it can be very difficult to find good candidates using traditional methods of recruiting. Finding people who fit your business needs requires creative approaches and skillful interviewing techniques. This session will discuss these challenges and provide recommendations for finding the best people for your unique business needs.
Make the Internet Work for YOU!
Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 11:30 am
This presentation will discuss the business aspect of internet marketing, including goal setting and how to structure an internet marketing campaign for success. Also included are 6 core internet marketing strategies you can use to drive traffic to your website. The presentation concludes with insights into how artificial intelligence (AI) will be applied to internet marketing.
Workshops and Events in Surrounding Counties
To be announced...
For the latest information, please visit the Bucks County SCORE Workshop page.
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).
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 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.
Chambers of Commerce
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
252 W Swamp Road (Route 313)
Bailiwick, Suite 23
Doylestown, PA 18901
Greater BucksMont Chamber of Commerce
228 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
10 Stockton Ave
New Hope, PA 18938
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
409 Hood Boulevard
Fairless, PA 19030
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
21 N Main Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
Helpful Links for Bucks County Small Businesses
- Upper/Central Bucks - Lehigh University SBDC
- Lower/Central Bucks - Temple University, Fox School of Business, SBDC