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PA Open 4 Business

A comprehensive, online database of resources needed to open and grow a business in PA, including online business registration, publications and forms.

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Department of Community and Economic Development

Find everything you need to succeed in Pennsylvania. Whether you’re a business, community, site developer, or concerned citizen, has the resources to help you.

PA Small Business Development Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

The Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the National Network of Small Business Development Centers. Its team of professional consultants works confidentially with entrepreneurs in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties to help their businesses maintain a competitive edge. It can do the same for your business by helping you set goals, develop new products and services, gather sophisticated information about your industry, or find new global markets. Even better, we offer many of these services at absolutely no charge.

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The Governor’s Action Team (GAT)

At a time when economic competition is intense, businesses must seize every opportunity to gain an edge. When your company’s growth demands expansion or relocation, you need up-to-date information, a rapid response and focused action from professionals whose priority is you and your company.

That’s why the Governor’s Action Team (GAT) was created. This group of seasoned economic development professionals will serve as your inside guide to all the tools, advantages and opportunities available for businesses in the Commonwealth. The Governor’s Action Team devotes its full attention to finding the right fit between your company and a prime Pennsylvania location.

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MANTEC, Incorporated, is a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to meeting the needs of small and mid-sized manufacturing enterprises of south central Pennsylvania. Created in 1988, MANTEC serves the manufacturing community as one of seven Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs) across Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), supports MANTEC, its 2,800 manufacturers, and the Industrial Resource Centers.

MANTEC includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties. MANTEC is headquartered in the city of York and maintains satellite offices in Carlisle, Chambersburg, Lancaster, and Lebanon.

MANTEC staff can help manufacturers identify opportunities for growth as well as complete project management in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Business Planning and Product Development
  • Market Development
  • Sales
  • Process Improvements
  • LEAN Manufacturing
  • HR and Workforce Development
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Information Technology
  • Quality Assurance (including ISO 9000)

For more information visit or contact:

David Hanan, District Manager
1144 Kennebec Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 263-6100 phone
(717) 873-1054 cell