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NEPA Participates in Second Annual PA Small Business Week #PASmallBiz17



Join us for the second annual Pennsylvania Small Business Week April 30-May 6, 2017 as we recognize the significant contributions of our small businesses and the resources available to support their growth here in the Keystone State. There’s plenty to celebrate! Pennsylvania is home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals — which equals about half of the state’s private workforce. Small businesses play a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy, accounting for 99.6 percent of businesses in the state, and their impact is evident across a variety of business sectors — ranging from professional services, retail, and health care to construction, manufacturing, education, and more. 



We invite you to join in our celebration of Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and small businesses through our events, training sessions, and informational webinars taking place throughout the week. Small businessowners and entrepreneurs canalso participate in DCED’s Small Business Web Series and other educational programs across the state. Each free webinar in the series will be presented by experienced business experts.



To register for these webinars and for a complete list of workshops, trainings, and seminars, visit Don’t forget to follow along and participate in the conversation by using #PASmallBiz17 on social media.

The following general facts are about small business and entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania. These statistics and more are available in the full Pennsylvania small business profile at


  • Pennsylvania is home to 1 million small businesses, and employs 2.5 million individuals or about half (46.8 percent) of the state’s private workforce.
  • Almost all Pennsylvania firms with employees qualify as small businesses, making up 99.6 percent of all employers in the state.
  • The economic impact of small businesses across the commonwealth is evident in all business sectors, from professional services, real estate, and construction to health care, retail, manufacturing, and education.
  • A total of 15,758 companies exported goods from Pennsylvania in 2014. Among these, 14,039 (or 89.1 percent) were small firms; they generated 32.2 percent of Pennsylvania’s $36.4 billion in total known exports. (Source: ITA and SBA)
  •  Pennsylvania’s 2015 growth rate of 2.8 percent was up from the 2014 rate of 1.8 percent. 


The typical Pennsylvania business:

  •  Employs 20 employees or less
  •  Offers some type of professional, scientific, or technical service
  •  Is located in a county with a population less than 88,000


The typical Pennsylvania small business employee:

  •  Works at a health care and social assistance small business


Joining the larger celebration is easy on social media! We are sharing a number of our own social media campaign ideas, and will be on the lookout for PA groups using #PASmallBiz17 on their social media channels.






Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development


Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development


BRANDED HASHTAG Use #PASmallBiz17 to join our celebration 


Useful Twitter Handles


@PASmallBusiness - Pennsylvania SBDC

@SBAgov - U.S. Small Business Administration

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