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Registering Your Business

Your Business In PA

Ready to get your business up and running? Registration is the next key step in your startup journey. This process will vary slightly depending on your business structure, so it’s important to know that information before embarking on this step. 

Identification Number (EIN)

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

Food Safety Certification

Food Safety Manager Certification

SCORE Mentors


We're Here to help
Erie local business
owners find mentors.

Website Design
Local Business Partners

Starting That Business?
Let's Get You Online.

Mention Achievers Entrepreneurial Hub & Hayford Marketing are Partnering Up
Get $200 Off Of a New Website. 
Payment Plans Available.

Vendor Registration

Vendor Registration Process

Vendor Announcement

The Erie County Department of Procurement is proud to announce that we will now be using Public Purchase, a web-based eProcurement service. In order to receive bid notifications as a current vendor, you must register with this new system. This process will only take a few minutes.

Special Events Insurance

Special Events

The City of Erie requires that organizations or individuals requesting the use of City-owned property provide the City with a public liability insurance policy naming the City of Erie as additional insured. The policy must carry a minimum liability of at least $1,000,000 combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage.

Small Business Insurance

Small Business Insurance

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Mike Ross
5855 Chandler Ct
Westerville, OH 43082
Office  888-688-6467 x215
Cell 614-205-7808

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Branding Photography
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RoMo Pics is your number one source for business branding photography in Erie Pennsylvania. We specialize in professional headshots, branding sessions, commercial product photography, and portraits.

  • Branding Sessions
  • Commercial Photography
  • Professional Headshots
SBDC Business Development
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Helping businesses start, grow, and prosper.

Strategize. Organize. Succeed.

Writing a Business Plan
Business Discussion

Writing a Business Plan

Your success as an aspiring entrepreneur begins with defining your business concept and goals. Writing a business plan is the first exciting step to becoming a small business owner, and will help you obtain financing and other support as you start and grow your business. It also compels you to strategize and anticipate what lies ahead, giving you a higher chance of success.

Innovation Beehive

Erie County Public Library, Penn State Behrend, PennWest Edinboro, Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, and Allegheny College are each responsible for a specific service. By exercising the individual talents of 6 local institutions, the Innovation Beehive can offer assistance in all areas of business development. Originally launched by the Ignite Erie Grant at Penn State Behrend, the NWPA Innovation Beehive has expanded to other regional universities. Each center now includes a fully operational location and employs a mix of students, faculty, and staff.

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