RESOURCES

 

So you've got your big idea – now what's next?

We're willing to bet you didn't know just how many local business support services, mentors & resource providers are available and ready to help you... At Cultivate Lancaster, you'll have plenty of opportunity to engage these services and learn how they can help you grow your idea in the right direction.

 
 

 

LANCASTER CITY ALLIANCE

The Lancaster City Alliance works to improve the City’s financial stability, public safety & quality of life by aligning with like-minded economic-development and community organizations – jointly identifying key initiatives, linking stakeholders, allocating resources, acting as a catalyst – to produce extraordinary outcomes for the future benefit & utility of the City.
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ASSETS

ASSETS creates economic opportunity & cultivates entrepreneurial leadership by offering programs focusing on small businesses & social enterprise. This includes business start-up trainings, Lending Circles (micro-loans for small businesses), Women’s Leadership Circles and the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. 
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SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon

Whether launching a new business or tackling issues in an existing one, SCORE has over 50 volunteer mentors to provide expert advice & feedback through a free, confidential mentoring program.
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PUBFORGE

Pubforge is a tech-working space located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA – a well-equipped sanctuary where professional technologists can focus, produce and grow. Designed with the professional technologist in mind, Pubforge is dedicated to being the best environment for you to do your best work. 
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The Candy Factory

The Candy Factory is Lancaster's premier coworking community and shared work space for professionals, the perfect place for small businesses, freelancers, startups, non-profits & students.
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Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a dynamic membership organization comprised of nearly 2,300 community-minded businesses working to make Lancaster County a great place to live, work & do business. The Chamber boasts an impressive menu of services aimed at helping business leaders & professionals connect, learn and grow.
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Tech lancaster

TechLancaster started as a simple local meetup, a safe place for like-minded tech people to come together and geek out. Led by and comprised of members of the tech community, TechLancaster is dedicated to supporting the continued growth in Lancaster's tech scene and ensuring that the community remains a healthy, open, and welcoming place for all its current and future members.
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MAKE717

As Lancaster's first makerspace, the make717 Innovation Center is at the epicenter of collaboration and innovation in Lancaster County, working to foster an environment where we share knowledge, experience, tools & resources and where we are engaged in creating.
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Kick-ass Female Entrepreneurs

This is a group for female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs that meets monthly at a female owned & operated business in Lancaster. The goal is to share knowledge, skills and advice; network; and support each other as they grow their businesses and/or make the decision to start a business. 
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TEC CENTRO

As Lancaster’s first and only bilingual vocational training school, TecCentro is dedicated to providing integrated support services to remove barriers that may inhibit career advancement by offering adult education, job readiness workshops, employment services, bilingual training, and multiple career pathways. Among these career pathways are health care: CNA medial receptionist, medical billing, dental assisting, business and hospitality, construction, manufacturing, and general office (clerical).
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Lancaster Marketing Group

The Lancaster Marketing Group (LMG) is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation comprised of marketing professionals from various concentrations that are striving to enhance our profession by educating the public and connecting marketing professionals.. 
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

The Economic Development Company of Lancaster County is the leading organization dedicated to promoting business development and expansion within Lancaster County. A private, not-for-profit, non-government organization, EDC works on a number of fronts to promote the economic well-being of our communities.
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CITY OF LANCASTER DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

The department of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization works to revitalize and preserve the City by supporting businesses and protecting existing housing stock.
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PA State Department of Community & Economic Development

The mission of the Department of Community & Economic Development is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow & for communities to succeed & thrive in a global economy. The DCED offers a variety of support services, including business registration & financing, business plan assistance & more. 
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BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

For more than 30 Years, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA has provided startup funding and business support services to tech-based startups and small manufacturers located in our 32-county footprint.
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HACC – Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

For more than 50 years, HACC has provided an accessible & affordable higher educational opportunity for the Central PA region. Boasting an enrollment of more than 20,000 students across five regional campuses or taking classes online. HACC offers more than 150 degrees & dozens of certificate & workforce education programs to help professionals advance their careers. 
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Community First Fund

The vision of the Community First Fund is a vibrant & diverse community where individuals prosper & are free from poverty & discrimination. CFF's mission is to create sustainable prosperity for low-wealth communities & individuals, especially Persons of Color & women, by aligning capital, knowledge & advocacy to advance business ownership, housing & community development in the communities we serve.
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Duke Street Business Center

Housed at Lancaster Public Library, the Duke Street Business Center is a one-stop source for authoritative & up-to-date business & nonprofit information. The DSBC's business librarians have years of experience conducting business & nonprofit research utilizing licensed databases, specialized websites & authoritative reference books and periodicals.
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Kutztown Small Business Development Center 

The Kutztown University SBDC provides consulting services & educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business and assist entrepreneurs with the many decisions a new business owner faces.
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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology educates Pennsylvania's economically & socially disadvantaged as well as other qualified students for skilled employment in a diverse, ever changing workforce & for full effective participation as citizens.
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SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs & small businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist & protect the interests of small business concerns; to preserve free competitive enterprise; & to maintain & strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The Eastern Pennsylvania District Office provides small businesses with opportunities for business financing, entrepreneurial development, government contracting & advocacy.
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