Business Assistance

The mission of the Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development is to enable business to grow and prosper. The department provides clients with comprehensive, credible, timely and focused information and assistance to recruit new business to the county and work to retain and expand local business. Our department markets the county’s resources, develops infrastructure and facilities for business expansion, and is a clearing house for information related to economic development loan and grant programs. We are the county’s Team PA representative.


Business Counseling

Entrepreneurial Network The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development is a partner in a regional business start-up project entitled the Entrepreneurial Network Initiative (ENI) located at

This program uses an innovative method of providing services through a website/database system that matches those requesting information related to business issues to those who are able to answer their questions and guide them to needed resources. The network consists of Entrepreneurs, Navigators and Assistance Providers.

SCORE The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) provides free counseling from retired business professionals. Appointments are available Thursday mornings at the County Office Building in Montrose, PA. For an appointment, phone the Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension at 570-278-1158. For more information on the SCORE program, check their web site at:

University of Scranton Small Business Development Center Representatives of the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are available to meet individually with those interested in starting or growing a business. Appointments are made by calling the SBDC at 1-800-829-7232 or by emailing Ms. Simpson at

Susquehanna County Entrepreneur Club

The Susquehanna County E-Club was launched in Sept. 2004 when the owners of eleven small businesses in Susquehanna County met at Peoples Bank Administrative Office in Hallstead to learn about the process of forming an entrepreneur club. Elizabeth Janoski,  Karen Ostroskie, Business Development Manager for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, and Madonna Valentine, who was instrumental in organizing the Pennsylvania Entrepreneur Club of Pennsylvania network, spoke about the organizational structure and the benefits of an Entrepreneur Club to those in business, and those thinking of starting a business. The mission of the E-Club is to provide support and information to fellow county Entrepreneurs. The Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the administrative offices of Peoples Bank in Hallstead. New members are welcome. For more information, email Lori Martin at

Business Training Grants

Small Business Training Grant
TERMS: Under fifty employees
APPLY AT: Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission.
MAXIMUM GRANT – 50% of cost or $1500

Small Internet Business Grants
TERMS: For Web Page Development – 50% of the cost of the project – up to $1,000
APPLY: Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission

Sponsored by: PA College of Technology
TERMS: Free computer skills training for employees
Basic Skills and Information Technology Training

The Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development is a Member of the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission. Visit the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Website at for information on Business Loans, Workforce Development, Procurement and Technical Assistance.

Business Resource Website

The Department of Economic Development partners with the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center. Visit, or call 1-800-829-7232 to learn more about their services or to obtain an appointment with a representative.

Follow these links to obtain further information on developing a small business: – Home of the Team PA Entrepreneurial Network – The home page of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development – The Pennsylvania Interactive source for suppliers and sales leads – The Local Development District Association of Pennsylvania Website. Learn how your Development District can help you grow your business. – The Small Business Administration Web Site – Learn how to obtain government contracts. – The Team Pennsylvania Business Resource Network – Business assistance, area profiles, and information on workforce, taxes, and regulations and permits.

For other Business Resources, look at

For regional business news, visit the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

For legal and regulatory information, visit