Business Development Checklist

BUSINESS START-UP CHECKLIST

  1. For demographic information, space availability and business information assistance, contact:Mary Skrzat Hutchins, Executive Director
    Historic Kennett Square
    Phone: 610-444-8188
    E-mail: mary@historickennettsquare.com
    Website: www.historickennettsquare.com
  2. Regarding zoning regulations, change of use, accessibility requirements and building and sign permits, contact:Office of Building, Housing and Code Enforcement in the Borough of Kennett Square
    Phone: 610-444-6020
    Fax: 610-444-3216
    E-mail: rdrumheller@kennettsq.org
  3. For assistance to prepare a written business plan complete with pro-forma statements that will serve as an operating guide as well as a financial prospectus, you may receive free and confidential advice through the following agencies:Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Kutztown University……………………………… ………. 610-458-5700
    Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)…….……….. 610-344-6910
    Chester County Economic Development Council……………. 610-458-5700
    Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce….……… 610-444-0774
  4. Decide upon your business structure—sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or subchapter “s”or”c” corporation, Limited Liability Partnership, etc. To form a corporation in the state of Pennsylvania, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the Department of State (form DSCB:1306). Phone: 717-787-1057
  5. Register your fictitious name with the Department of State. A fictitious name is any assumed or fictitious name, style or designation other than the proper name of the entity using such a name. The term includes the name of any association, general partnership, business trust, syndicate, joint venture or similar combination of groups of persons. To register, you must file form DSCB:54-311n (it can be downloaded from www.dos.state.pa.us) with the Corporation Bureau of the Department of State. Before or after registering a fictitious name, you will be required to place an advertisement in newspapers of general circulation in Chester County (such as the Daily Local News, 610-696-1775), as well as a legal paper in Chester County (such as the Law Reporter, 6100692-1889) Phone: 717-787-1057
  6. Every employer subject to employment taxes is required to obtain a federal employer identification number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. Contact the IRS for Form SS-4. Some businesses are re2uired to have an identification number for use on returns, statements and other documents even though they do not have any employees. Filing this form will result in you receiving all other federal tax forms and instructions required of a new business. Your EIN will also be used as your Pennsylvania employer identification number. Internal Revenue Service, Philadelphia, PA 19255.Phone: 1-800-829-1040
  7. If you employ one or more persons, you may be liable for the state unemployment compensation tax and must register with the Bureau of Employer Tax Operations. Contact Your Field Accounting Service for Chester County. Phone: 610-647-3799
  8. If you employ one or more persons, you may be liable for the state unemployment compensation tax and must register with the Bureau of Employer Tax Operations. Contact Your Field Accounting Service for Chester County. Phone: 610-647-3799
  9. Register your employees for the Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett Consolidated School District Earned Income Tax – a tax of 1% on gross wages and/or net profits from a business or profession. Forms can be obtained by calling Keystone Collections Group. Phone: 724-978-0300
  10. Various state taxes are imposed upon individuals, employers, businesses and certain products. The tax for which any business is liable depends on the type and structure of the business. Direct your questions on tax topics or ask general tax information to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.Phone: 717-787-8201
  11. Obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage for your employees. In Pennsylvania, workers compensation insurance is required if a person, company or corporation has any full or part-time employees. This includes employees, family members, one-person corporations and corporate officers. Contact the Department of Labor and Industry’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in Harrisburg.
    Phone: 717-772-4447 Hot Line Phone: 1-800-482-2383
  12. For information on parking regulations as well as assistance with your parking needs, contact the Parking Division in the Kennett Square Police Department. Phone: 610-444-0501 or contact Historic Kennett Square.