Build your business here
Starting a new business in Lawrenceville? Improve your chances of success with thorough planning. In Pittsburgh, there are a number of free resources for business planning and financing assistance.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
The URA operates economic development programs, including business loans and building improvement financing. Visit them online or call 412-255-6600.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is a national program funded by the Small Business Administration, state, university, public and private agencies with a mission to provide management and technical assistance to small businesses in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The SBDC offers one-to-one and team consulting for small business clients at no cost. SBDC consultants provide group and customized management consulting on topics including market research and marketing strategy, financial planning and cash-flow analysis, loan proposal preparation, taxes, and licensing procedures and regulations.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is a resource for financial and educational assistance. This government agency provides financing for small business; these are your tax dollars at work, and their services are free of charge. Call the local office at 412-395-6560.
Department of Community of Economic Development (DCED)
This Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s website provides online business registration, application forms, program information and networking; or call 1-800-280-3801.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC)
Provides business skills workshops for artists as well as grant opportunities. Visit them online or call them at 412-391-2060.
Kiva is a crowd-funded 0% interest loan program. Lawrenceville Corporation has acted as a trustee for Lawrenceville based businesses receiving Kiva funding. For more information about Kiva go to kiva.org.
10 Steps to Starting Up in Lawrenceville
The latest statistics from the Small Business Administration (SBA) show that two-thirds of new employer establishments survive at least two years, and 44 percent survive at least four years. Savvy up-front planning can make the difference. We offer these tips to businesses interested in launching in Lawrenceville.