Back Office Support

Earl and Tina, friendly High Point baristas

Earl and Tina, friendly High Point baristas

Opening a business can be challenging, from finding capital to navigating bureaucracy. The links below are categorized to help guide you through the process.

Not sure where to start?  Contact our Business Services Associate Aggie Edwards by phone at 215-844-6021 ext. 217, or via email at, and we’ll find the right place to start.



Signage info, permits & applications
Building permit application (PDF)
Zoning/use registration (PDF)
Sidewalk cafe license
Licensing & permits
Business Income & Receipts Tax information
Pennsylvania (State) Business Registration Forms
Temporary Special Event Food Service Guide & Application (PDF)
Permanent Special Event Food License (PDF)



Community Accountants
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Temple University Small Business Development Center
SCORE Philadelphia
Contact the Business Association for a local referral



City of Philadelphia Business Services
City of Philadelphia Guide to Starting a Food-Related Business (PDF)
Entrepreneur’s Guide to Doing Business in Pennsylvania (PDF)
Business Resources for Entrepreneurs with a Disability
Setting Up a Business Entity in Pennsylvania



Small Business Administration guide to healthcare



UPenn Pro Bono Legal Services
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Philadelphia VIP
Contact the Business Association for a local referral



Philadelphia Historical Commission
Philadelphia Streets Department Commercial Recycling Toolkit
Philadelphia Dumpster Rules and License