Business Development Portal
The Business Development Portal is a library of content and resources to assist you in planning, starting, managing, and growing your business in the City of Harrisburg. Small, local businesses are essential to our budding economy. The City is dedicated to ensuring they have a home here that allows them to thrive.
Licensing & Permitting
The Bureau of Licensing, Taxation and Central Support should be the first stop within the MLK Center when an individual or business is interested in obtaining a business license.
Bureau of Licensing, Taxation
and Central Support
Before selecting a business location, be sure to review the Interactive Zoning Map, Zoning Code, and/or schedule a meeting with our Planning Bureau to discuss your needs.
Bureau of Planning
Local Business Organizations
African-American Chamber of Commerce
The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA is a membership organization serving businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and other agencies committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of minority-owned businesses in Central PA.
Visit the African American Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Improvement District
The Mission of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District is to make downtown a thriving, vibrant, and positive environment by delivering clean, safe and beautiful services for property owners, employees, residents and visitors.
Visit the Downtown Improvement District
Harrisburg Regional Chamber/CREDC
Recognized as one of the largest, most dynamic organizations of its kind, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & Capital Region Economic Development Corporation has combined a unique blend of business, community, and economic development services under one roof to improve the region’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Visit the Harrisburg Regional Chamber/CREDC
Harrisburg Young Professionals
Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work, and play.
Visit the Harrisburg Young Professionals
Keystone Business Alliance – Central PA’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Keystone Business Alliance is committed to expanding the economic interests of LGBT and allied businesses through education, advocacy, and partnership with the local business community.
Visit the Keystone Business Alliance
Pennsylvania Diversity Coalition
The Pennsylvania Diversity Coalition will serve as a conduit for policy change, ensuring impartial access to contracting and employment opportunities for historically hard to place citizens and MBEs throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Visit the Pennsylvania Diversity Coalition
Small Business Administration of PA
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
Visit the Small Business Administration of PA
The Susquehanna SCORE Chapter provides free and confidential one-on-one business counseling. We also conduct workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners.
Visit Susquehanna Score
Tax Abatement (LERTA)
Tax Abatement (LERTA) Application
If your goal is to start a new business or you plan to take an existing business to next level, consider attending on of our Business Workshops.
Minority, Women, and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses
The City of Harrisburg collaborates with minority, women & economically disadvantaged business groups. The City focuses on professional development needs, networking relationships, and improving participation on city-related projects. The City will maintain a database specifically for collaborators to ensure those businesses are notified when bid opportunities become available.
Business owners interested in obtaining certifications should review the following organizations.
- Unified Certification Program (UCP)
- Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program
- Vets First Verification Program at vetbiz.gov
- US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)