LICENSE & FORMS
Specific State Licenses
According to the type of business, one or more of the licenses/permits listed through this link could be necessary for legal operation. Violation of requirements can lead to penalties, financial setbacks, or even business closing.
Applying for the Proper Licenses
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Federal Form SS-4
This form will allow you to apply for a Tax Identification Number and an Employer Identification Number
PA Enterprise Registration Form and Instructions
This form will allow you to register your business in PA and allow you to apply for a state sales tax license
Fictitious Name Application
This form will allow you to register your fictitious business name in the State of Pennsylvania. Not sure if your name is still available? Call 717-787-1057 to find out. (If you need to amend your fictitious name that is already in use, you may use the Application for Amendment, Cancellation or Withdrawal Fictitious Name below).
If you need to amend your fictitious name that is already in use, you may use the Application for Amendment, Cancellation or Withdrawal Fictitious Name
Although the license and forms listed above are important when starting a business, they are not the only issues that need to be addressed at start-up. You must also consider the various business structures and what each has to offer, how much capital you will need to get yourself started, how you plan to attract customers to your business, and which location is suitable for your business. The SBDC is here to provide you with information on these issues to help you make informed decisions. In order to provide you with this information in the most timely manner possible, the SBDC offers start-up sessions once per week. The sessions cover the issues mentioned above and provide you with information to get you started on your own business plan and financial package.