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Small Business Resources

Interested in starting a business but not sure where to start? Below you'll find links to a few resources that may be of service to you. If you have any questions about starting a business in Ferguson Township, please call us at (814) 238-4651.

Chamber of Business and Industry Centre County

The Chamber of Business and Industry Centre County (CBICC) is a membership organization that comprises hundreds of businesses and organizations of all sizes. Since established in 1992, the CBICC has helped Centre County businesses grow by providing a unified voice to represent their best interests. Through CBICC-sponsored initiatives, Centre County is poised to become a force of economic development in the state and across the country.


New Leaf InitiativeNew Leaf Initiative

Want to start a new business but having a hard time getting the right people around the table? New Leaf Initiative may be able to help! Located on the third floor of the State College Borough Municipal Building (for directions, click here), New Leaf Initiative can help take your idea from conception to implementation by connecting you with the resources you need to launch your business. Visit their webpage for more information, or stop by their offices to learn more about how you can use New Leaf Initiative as a platform to launch your idea.


Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Click here for instructions on how to download the free Entrepreneur's Guide offered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Inside, you'll find valuable information you'll need to finance your business, register your business' name, locate your business, and more. Also, this link will provide you with resources you can use to start your business including a tutorial, business checklist, a guide to writing a business plan, and much more.


Penn State University - Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at Penn State University offers free consulting services and seminars to those looking to start a small business in Centre and Mifflin Counties. In collaboration with classroom, student groups, and special teams projects, the Small Business Development Center can help provide you the help you need to start or grow your small business. Click here for more information.


U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration serves small businesses around the country by providing resources such as advocacy, education, and access to capital needed to launch your business. Since 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided millions of dollars in loans, contracts, counseling, and other forms of assistance to small businesses in need.