City Offers Guide to Doing Business
The City of Allentown is offering a printed guide for those interested in starting or bringing a business to the City. Mayor Ed Pawlowski unveiled the guide during a recent Allentown Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Mayor Seminar at The Cosmopolitan.
Produced by the city’s Department of Community & Economic Development, the guide includes information on planning a business, understanding the requirements and necessary steps to be taken while preparing to open.
“Launching a business, no matter the size or level of an owner’s previous experience, is no small undertaking,” Pawlowski said. “From opportunity to opening, we hope this guide helps owners transform their business vision into reality with greater efficiency.”
The booklet is designed to help business owners follow the most basic steps to plan their business, understand general licensing and permitting requirements, manage the pre-opening process and know which city staff members to contact for assistance.
“In the Department of Community & Economic Development and throughout the City we feel it is our role to assist and protect business owners and the general public, not frustrate them,” said Business Development manager Todd Collins. “In the business development office we strive to be easily accessible and provide useful information to the Allentown business community to support and empower them in their endeavors. Business owners can schedule an appointment with us anytime, or just pick-up the phone and call. We are happy to consult and advise with owners on any business related matter.” The booklet includes telephone numbers and email addresses for departments and bureaus where potential business owners can get answers and support. It also contains phone numbers for information on various financing opportunities and how to reach certain public utilities.
The guide is available at Allentown City Hall and on the city website as a pdf.