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Upcoming Events

Franchises: What does it take to open one?
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Have you ever considered owning your own business? Are you looking for ways to jumpstart the effort? Perhaps franchising is an option.

Attendees will learn:

  • Why consider business ownership
  • How franchising compares to other business model considerations
  • Franchise facts and myths
  • Franchise risks and rewards
  • What due diligence research is required
This is a FREE 90-minute webinar! 

5-Part Women's Small Business Virtual Workshop Series

Part 3: Recovery Continues  - Updates on SBA Programs and Services - Economic Injury

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:00 am

At this workshop a representative from the Eastern PA SBA District Office will update attendees on the on-going disaster assistance programs to help small businesses recover from the COVID 19 pandemic, how to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness, and updates on programs moving forward.

The Workshop Series is FREE!
SCORE Tri County, Bucks County, Chester & Delaware County, and the SBA have teamed up to offer 5 unique webinars from October 2020-February 2021

Business Tip:
Digital Branding Fundamentals Entrepreneurs Can't Live Without
Brands have mere seconds to capture a person’s attention online. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, how people perceive your brand will determine whether those people trust you and stick around. Online shoppers don’t typically spend their money with just anyone, so getting your branding right from the start is key for success.

How to Safely Reopen Your Business
A Step By Step Guide for Returning to the Office. 

Read the article and get the templates

Need Help Re-opening Your Business?
How to Prepare for the New Norm 

Learn More and Download the eGuide

Free Mentoring, Free Resources, and Local Workshops...
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Interested in a Webinar
SCORE Bucks County has a continuous series of Webinars showcasing tips and tricks for beginning, and continuing your business.
More information and Register

Looking for a Business Mentor: As volunteers, all of us at Bucks County SCORE are dedicated to helping you and your new or existing business succeed. Let us know how we can help! Three Locations: Quakertown, Doylestown, and Fairless Hills. 
Request A Mentor

Stayed tuned for information on future SCORE workshops, webinars and events, or visit the SCORE Bucks County Local Chapter page.

Funding Related Updates for PA Small Businesses
(Courtesy of the Small Business Development Center at Temple University)

News and Updates:  

SBA Approves Simple 1-Page PPP Forgiveness Application for Loans of $50,000 or Less: The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.

Wolf Administration Launches $2.2 Million Loan Fund Supporting Creative Small Businesses the Creative Business Loan Fund will make available $2.2 million in the form of affordable, flexible financing to small, creative businesses (example: craft manufacturers, arts schools, architecture, design and fabrication firms, media companies, and visual and performing arts production agencies). The fund will prioritize creative businesses located in low-income communities, those owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color or serving a diverse market, and those located in small towns/rural communities. Eligible uses include working capital; equipment purchases; renovations to retail, production, or office space; and, in limited cases, building acquisitions. Loan amounts vary from a few thousand dollars to an average size of $75,000, though Bridgeway and Community First will consider requests up to $250,000. 

Funding Opportunities

Local Restaurant Grants: As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, restaurants are facing an entirely new set of challenges. In response, DoorDash is providing $5,000 grants to selected small businesses. Applications open Friday, October 16th on the Hello Alice website. Recipients will be notified by December 31st.

BeyGOOD Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund: BeyGOOD has teamed up with the NAACP to expand economic opportunity by offering $10,000 grants on the 15th of each month through the end of 2020.

IFundWomen x Caress Dreams to Reality Fund:  150 diverse founders will receive $1000 grants and $1500 coaching scholarships to execute successful crowdfunding campaigns.  

NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur Grant: The NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur Grant is Daymond John’s quest to find and award up and coming Black Entrepreneurs. Black Entrepreneurs across the country can apply now for the chance to win $25,000 each to help them grow and scale their businesses during a time they need it most. In addition to the monetary compensation, winners of the grant will receive mentorship from Shark Tank’s Daymond John.

KKR's COVID-19 Relief Effort: Created as a key pillar of KKR's COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation. 

Certified Business Applications:

PA Unified Certification Application for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Women, and Minority-Owned Businesses

US Department of Veteran Affairs Registration for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVOB) and Veteran Owned (VOSM) Small Business 

Local Resources

SBA Small Business Resources 
The Eastern Pennsylvania District Office of the Small Business Administration has resources and events available to assist with all you need to start a small business. Information includes checklists for starting new businesses, finding the money you need, regulations, disaster recovery, and advocacy. Visit the district office for more information.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workbook 
SCORE, in partnership with Bank of America, has developed a workbook to take your business ideas and put them into action. The workbook is available as a pdf.

Bucks County Workforce Development Board
The Bucks County Workforce Development Board (BCWDB) works to ensure that the Bucks County workforce system, covering numerous agencies and multiple disciplines, meets both employers' needs for skilled workers and workers' career and economic advancement. Assistance is available for both employers and job seekers alike. For more information, go to www.bucksworks.org.

State and Other Resources

Top Five Resources to Get Your PA Small Business Up and Running
Home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and innovators play a huge role in the communities in which they operate. Have a great business concept but intimidated by the idea of starting your own business? We’ve got you covered. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has compiled the top resources to help entrepreneurs turn their dreams into realities in the Keystone State.

PA Business One-Stop Shop
Welcome to your guide for doing business in Pennsylvania! Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, expanding your existing company, or are considering a move to the Keystone State, this site will provide useful information to help you work smart and live happy in Pennsylvania.

Veterans Resources
Download the Veterans Resources Fact Sheet and learn how you can start or grow your business in Pennsylvania. From technical and registration help, to securing funding for a diverse business, our team can help. The guide is available as a pdf document at https://dced.pa.gov/download/veterans-resources-fact-sheet-2018/?wpdmdl=83145

Beginners Guide for Starting a Business by the PA Dept of Revenue
The PA Department of Revenue has published a Beginners Guide for Starting a Business in PA. The site also includes business registration forms and instructions, electronic filing guide, electronic services for business and more.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Tax Incentives 
Businesses that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be eligible for tax incentives. Businesses with 30 or fewer employees or total revenue of $1 million or less may use a CREDIT of up to $5000 per year to offset the costs of architectural adaptations, equipment acquisitions, and services such as sign language interpreters. All businesses, whatever their size, can take a DEDUCTION of up to $15,000 per year for the cost of architectural or transportation adaptations. Explanation: A tax credit is subtracted from your tax liability after you calculate your taxes, while a tax deduction is subtracted from your total income before taxes, to establish your taxable income. More information about the ADA and these tax incentives is available at the ADA Business Connection website at www.ada.gov. The ADA Information Line can be reached at 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY).

Bucks County SCORE

Bucks County SCORE provides business mentoring and training to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether you are just thinking about owning your own business or are looking to grow your existing business, SCORE, Bucks County, offers free one-on-one counseling sessions with certified business professionals, and free or low-cost training through online and in-class educational workshops.

409 Hood Boulevard Chamber of Commerce
Fairless Hills,PA 19030
Tel: (215) 943-8850