The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce is committed to partnering with organizations that offer educational programs to businesses. Below are some of the partners we are currently working with to best serve the needs of the region's business community:
Chester County SCORE
Business advise you can trust. Experience you can use. Chester County SCORE provides free professional guidance and information to assist you in starting or growing your existing business. SCORE mentors are on call to help you succeed. By offering free mentoring and regularly scheduled low cost workshops and seminars, our volunteer business professionals offer step by step information to help ensure your business success.
Face-to-Face Business Counseling Services
Whether launching a new business or tackling issues in an existing one, you'll find the expert advise and feedback you'll need by meeting face-to-face with a SCORE mentor. SCORE's high caliber mentoring services are UNLIMITED and FREE. Visit http://chestercounty.score.org/mentors
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:
Access to Capital (Business Financing) SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending --- to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).
Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training) SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.
Government Contracting (Federal Procurement) In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.
Advocacy (Voice for Small Business) Created in 1978, this Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small business. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States.