Resources

WE HELP START-UPS PROSPER, ACCESS OUR NETWORK OF RESOURCES

You’re an up-and-coming company with a ground breaking product or service. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a network of local resources to help you bring it to market? Welcome to the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n). This portal connects you with critical information, organizations and people to assist your emerging business.  Contact i2n for an introduction and to explore any special rates available through i2n.

  • Accounting
    • Brinker Simpson & Company, LLC

      An award winning, full-service public accounting and business advisory firm, Brinker, Simpson & Company, LLC has over 30 years of experience serving high net worth individuals and established and emerging businesses in a wide range of industries, including: professional services, health care, real estate, and nonprofit organizations. Working closely with a select group of consultants, attorneys, and bankers, Brinker, Simpson & Company, LCC provides a team approach to running a successful and growing business. Ongoing strategic tax and financial planning are vitally important services that are provided to all of the company’s clients to help them build success.

       
  • Associations
    • American Society of Inventors

      A non-profit organization, the American Society of Inventors was formed in 1953 to bring inventors together and to educate them on protecting, developing, and marketing or licensing their inventions.
    • Life Sciences PA

      Life Sciences Pennsylvania’s message is to ensure Pennsylvania is the global leader in the biosciences by creating a cohesive community that unites our biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, research, and financial strengths.

       
  • Business Demographics and Economic Statistics
    • Business Plans
      • Kutztown University SBDC

        The mission of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper. The Mission of the Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University is to grow the economy of South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania. The Kutztown University SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. The Kutztown University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC consultants may work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDC educational programs serve to inform and assist entrepreneurs with the many decisions a new business owner faces. Program topics range from regulatory compliance issues to marketing tactics and are offered throughout the Kutztown University SBDC service territory with many offerings available online.
      • Pennsylvania SBDC

        The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.
      • SCORE

        With over 100 certified mentors, experienced in just about every facet of business,  SCORE provides free professional guidance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
    • Financing
      • Ben Franklin Technology Partners/SEP

        The award-winning Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) is one of the nation’s longest-running technology-based economic development programs. For more than 25 years, BFTP has provided both early-stage and established companies with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources. Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ goal is to accelerate technology development and commercialization in the state of Pennsylvania, and to create high-paying, sustainable jobs for Pennsylvanians.

         
      • BioAdvance

        BioAdvance provides funding to startup life sciences companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania through its $20 million Greenhouse Fund. They invest in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics and platform technologies focused on human health. Since its first investments in 2003, BioAdvance has become one of the nation’s leading investors providing pre-seed and seed-stage funding. To date they have committed $24.1 million to 35 seed-stage companies and 21 pre-seed investments. Their portfolio companies are working to develop products to treat health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, obesity, GI disorders, neurological and respiratory illnesses. BioAdvance investments have enabled its portfolio companies to leverage more than $1.6 billion in subsequent capital into the region (from private equity, grants, collaborations and M&A activity).

         

         

         
      • Chester County Economic Development Council

        Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is a private, non-profit economic development organization that has been nurturing economic growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The Council’s portfolio of business growth services includes: low-interest financing including SBA and USDA loan programs, business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development and training, energy consulting, customized international business assistance, land and building site selection, brownfields consultation and remediation, urban redevelopment, and agricultural economic development. The Council also offers economic development services specifically designed for local municipalities and state-of-the art conference and training facilities in Eagleview.

         
      • Chester County Industrial Development Authority

        Established in 1967, CCIDA provides tax exempt and other low-interest financing tools to manufacturers, non-profits and agricultural based businesses in Chester County. Over the course of its 45 year history, the CCIDA has issued over $2 billion in tax-exempt debt.

      • Innovation Partnership

        The Innovation Partnership is a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a goal to help early stage technology companies secure federal funding opportunities.

      • JPMorgan

        JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) is a global leader in financial services with assets of $2.6 trillion. It is one of the oldest institutions in the United States dating back over 200 years. With over 250,000 employees, they serve millions of consumers and small businesses, as well as many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutions and governments in more than 100 countries. The Firm and its Foundation give approximately US$200 million annually to nonprofit organizations around the world. JPMorgan also leads volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing their many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.
      • MVM Associates

        MVM Associates, Inc’s business model incorporates the selling of tradable Pennsylvania Tax Credits – Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), Research and Development (R&D), Film, Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and Enterprise Zone (EZ) – and obtaining buyers for those credits. With over 25 years of combined experience in providing and educating hundreds of clients about various state incentives and programs, MVM has been able to provide businesses with opportunities to expand their products or services and increase business growth by working together to evaluate the various state programs that best match their company’s need. MVM provides professional service and exceptional follow through producing end results with successful outcomes and awards.

         
      • SeedCoPA

        For over thirty years, Seedcopa has helped businesses get the money they need to start, grow and expand. We are proud that the loan programs that we work with promote economic development. Together with our affiliate, Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) and numerous other Economic Development Partners throughout Pennsylvania, we help to grow local businesses, create and retain jobs and stimulate local communities.
      • Venture Chesco

        Venture Chesco is a partnership between the Chester County Retirement Board and Ben Franklin to invest $4M in emerging and growing companies in Chester County. Emerging and growing companies located in, or willing to locate in Chester County who are developing and commercializing advanced technologies are eligible. Industries include: Information Technology (IT), Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Financial Services Technology (FinTech sectors). Click here for more information.

         
    • General Business Advice
      • Brandywine Boost

        As part of the Invent Penn State initiative, Brandywine Boost at Penn State Brandywine is offering advisory support to small- and medium-sized business owners and entrepreneurs in the region. This support may include one-on-one direct analysis and advising, interaction with Brandywine students in their courses, or workshops designed for larger groups.
      • Chester County Economic Development Council

        Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is a private, non-profit economic development organization that has been nurturing economic growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The Council’s portfolio of business growth services includes: low-interest financing including SBA and USDA loan programs, business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development and training, energy consulting, customized international business assistance, land and building site selection, brownfields consultation and remediation, urban redevelopment, and agricultural economic development. The Council also offers economic development services specifically designed for local municipalities and state-of-the art conference and training facilities in Eagleview.

         
      • Delaware County Commerce Center

        The Delaware County Commerce Center is a one-stop shop designed to provide local businesses with the assistance that they need to develop economically. The Center oversees four different economic development boards that administer services to businesses such as management of local, state, and federal incentive programs; assistance with the search for industrial or commercial property; and aid with workforce development issues. The Center also works to retain existing companies, issue bonds, and help provide low-interest loans to eligible companies. In addition to these services, the Center provides many other opportunities that help businesses, and can respond quickly to a variety of companies’ needs.

         
      • Invent Penn State

        Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship- focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and university-community collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind.
      • Kauffman Founders School

        The Kauffman Founders School taps the potential of online education, presenting a robust curriculum from which entrepreneurs can learn anywhere, anytime. Subject experts present lectures that are embedded in modules designed to give founders a rich learning experience, engaging them in lessons that will make a difference in what they do in their business today, tomorrow, and in the future.

        What you'll find in Founders School:

        Presentations from leading experts
        Suggestions for additional readings that enhance lessons and offer founders additional insights and resources
        Questions for founders and their teams to answer
        An “impact guide” designed to help answer the question, “What will I do differently as a result of the lesson I’ve learned?”
        Insights from other founders about how they’ve tackled challenges
        Tools and resources to help founders implement what they’ve learned
      • Kutztown University SBDC

        The mission of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper. The Mission of the Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University is to grow the economy of South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania. The Kutztown University SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. The Kutztown University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC consultants may work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDC educational programs serve to inform and assist entrepreneurs with the many decisions a new business owner faces. Program topics range from regulatory compliance issues to marketing tactics and are offered throughout the Kutztown University SBDC service territory with many offerings available online.
      • PA Business One-Stop Shop

        Designed specifically for both current and aspiring entrepreneurs, the PA Business One-Stop Shop is the go-to resource for planning, registering, operating, and growing a business while working smart and living happy in Pennsylvania.
      • REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship

        In May 2016, Penn State Great Valley received a $50,000 seed grant to expand entrepreneurial endeavors through the Invent Penn State initiative. The grant established the REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, a program operating in partnership with the Chester County Economic Development Council aimed to engage and encourage Penn State students, faculty, and community members to generate innovative, commercially-viable solutions to address existing and emerging business and social needs, and to support their entrepreneurial efforts as they serve the Philadelphia region.
      • SCORE

        With over 100 certified mentors, experienced in just about every facet of business,  SCORE provides free professional guidance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
    • Human Resources
      • Hire One

        The Chester County Economic Development Council, The Chester County Workforce Investment Board, PA Career Link, and numerous other organizations have created the Hire One task force to develop key strategies for successfully connecting job seekers to hiring employers.

    • Industry Information
      • Critical Path Services

        Critical Path Services (CPS) is an award-winning contract research company that provides services to the pharmaceutical, crop protection, and chemical industries. Their services include laboratory analysis, toxicology consulting, technical writing, and document management. By outsourcing such projects to CPS, companies receive quality assistance at a fair price, and CPS has been recognized by Life Science Leader Magazine (among other recognitions) for the flexible and personal assistance that it supplies.



      • Life Sciences PA

        Life Sciences Pennsylvania’s message is to ensure Pennsylvania is the global leader in the biosciences by creating a cohesive community that unites our biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, research, and financial strengths.

         
      • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

        The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offers many types of data for regions, states and local areas.
    • Innovation Centers
      • Innovation Center at Eagleview

        The Hankin Group and the Chester County Economic Development Council, in a collaborative effort, announced today the opening of the first incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship in Chester County, the Innovation Center at Eagleview, with the goal of spurring innovative life sciences ventures and economic growth in Chester County.
      • Innovation Center at Evolve IP

        Evolve IP, one of the nation’s leading cloud services companies, officially announced it is establishing an Innovation Center. Located in Chester County, Pa., the Innovation Center at Evolve IP will aid startups by providing low-cost, highly flexible facilities that include professional office space, redundant high-speed gigabit fiber Internet access, cloud computing services, and more. The facility will focus on helping early-stage technology, smart energy, non-lab biotechnology, and life sciences startups initiate or accelerate their growth with technology solutions and economic drivers.

    • Institutions of Higher Education
      • Delaware County Community College

        Delaware County Community College is the center of educational opportunity in Delaware and Chester counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

         
      • Kutztown University SBDC

        The mission of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper. The Mission of the Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University is to grow the economy of South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania. The Kutztown University SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. The Kutztown University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC consultants may work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDC educational programs serve to inform and assist entrepreneurs with the many decisions a new business owner faces. Program topics range from regulatory compliance issues to marketing tactics and are offered throughout the Kutztown University SBDC service territory with many offerings available online.
      • Penn State Great Valley

        Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies extends the resources and reputation of one of the nation’s leading research universities to suburban Philadelphia. Penn State Great Valley delivers outstanding graduate degree programs, professional development courses, and conference planning services.

        Forty-four full-time and sixty-nine part-time faculty members teach valuable practical skills, share cutting-edge knowledge, and work with corporate, government, and educational neighbors to address real-world problems and enhance employee performance.

        Great Valley’s location just west of Philadelphia, near Route 202 and other major highways, makes the campus convenient to most working professionals in southeastern Pennsylvania. More than 1,900 students are enrolled in convenient evening and Saturday classes, earning master’s degrees or certificates in:

        • Engineering and Information Science

        • Finance

        • Leadership Development

        • MBA Programs


         
      • Villanova University

      • West Chester University

        West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC), a center of the College of Business and Public Affairs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship at West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

         

      • Widener University

        Widener University is a metropolitan university that combines academic quality, career preparation, and community service. The educational goal at Widener is to connect the curricula to social issues through civic engagement, and to combine dynamic teaching and personal attention with active scholarship and experiential learning. A comprehensive university, Widener offers liberal arts and sciences and professional programs that grant associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Most Widener students come from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and most alumni remain in the region after they graduate, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area professionally, and contributing to the social, economic, and civic welfare of the region.

        CONTACT

         
    • International Business Assistance
      • International Business Council

        The Chester County Economic Development Council created the Chester County International Business Council (CCIBC) to contribute to the vitality of the regional economy by directly assisting businesses in international commerce. CCIBC is directed by its 33 member Advisory Board composed of executives with international expertise from industry and service sectors. Additionally, the Advisory Board provides mentoring, counseling, and strategic input to local companies doing business internationally.CCIBC collaborates with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development and is an affiliate of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.

      • Office of International Business Development

        By partnering with the Regional Export Network (REN) and a managing a global network of Authorized Trade Representatives, OIBD ensures clients have access to the programs and services they need to succeed.
    • Interns
      • CampusPhilly

        If you are in the market for interns from across the region, Campus Philly is a great place for you to start looking. You are able to register and search for potential interns and entry-level workers at no cost. Twice a year, Campus Philly conducts, free, online job fairs. The last job fair resulted in the registration of ~2,000 students and ~250 companies.

      • Delaware County Community College

        Delaware County Community College is the center of educational opportunity in Delaware and Chester counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

         
      • Kutztown University SBDC

        The mission of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper. The Mission of the Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University is to grow the economy of South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania. The Kutztown University SBDC is one of 18 Small Business Development Centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. The Kutztown University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC consultants may work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with a range of business issues including testing a new business proposition, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDC educational programs serve to inform and assist entrepreneurs with the many decisions a new business owner faces. Program topics range from regulatory compliance issues to marketing tactics and are offered throughout the Kutztown University SBDC service territory with many offerings available online.
      • Penn State Great Valley

        Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies extends the resources and reputation of one of the nation’s leading research universities to suburban Philadelphia. Penn State Great Valley delivers outstanding graduate degree programs, professional development courses, and conference planning services.

        Forty-four full-time and sixty-nine part-time faculty members teach valuable practical skills, share cutting-edge knowledge, and work with corporate, government, and educational neighbors to address real-world problems and enhance employee performance.

        Great Valley’s location just west of Philadelphia, near Route 202 and other major highways, makes the campus convenient to most working professionals in southeastern Pennsylvania. More than 1,900 students are enrolled in convenient evening and Saturday classes, earning master’s degrees or certificates in:

        • Engineering and Information Science

        • Finance

        • Leadership Development

        • MBA Programs


         
      • Villanova University

      • West Chester University

        West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC), a center of the College of Business and Public Affairs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship at West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

         

      • Widener University

        Widener University is a metropolitan university that combines academic quality, career preparation, and community service. The educational goal at Widener is to connect the curricula to social issues through civic engagement, and to combine dynamic teaching and personal attention with active scholarship and experiential learning. A comprehensive university, Widener offers liberal arts and sciences and professional programs that grant associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Most Widener students come from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and most alumni remain in the region after they graduate, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area professionally, and contributing to the social, economic, and civic welfare of the region.

        CONTACT

         
    • KIZ Locations
      • Biolaunch 611 + KIZ

        The BioLaunch611+ KIZ territory includes parts of the tri-county Bucks-Montgomery-Philadelphia region, south and east of Route 202 in Bucks and Montgomery Counties and north and west of Girard and Lancaster Avenues in Philadelphia County. Companies eligible for KIZ services operate in the life sciences or technology sector.
      • Greater Reading KIZ

        The Greater Reading KIZ provides support to advanced materials and diversified manufacturing, professional and shared services, and food processing companies operating in the Greater Reading area of Berks County.

      • Navy Yard KIZ

        The Navy Yard KIZ provides support to power and energy, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, communications and IT, homeland security, and life sciences companies operating within the Navy Yard.



      • University City KIZ

        This KIZ provides support to life sciences companies operating within the Science Center and its vicinity.
    • Legal
      • Fox Rothschild, LLP

        Fox Rothschild LLP is a law firm built to serve business leaders. Professionals come to Fox Rothschild LLP for guidance because the company understands their issues, their priorities, and the way they think. Fox Rothschild LLP helps their clients manage risk and make better business decisions by offering practical, innovative advice. Probably the best compliment Fox Rothschild LLP receives from clients is that they treat customers’ issues and their businesses as if they are the company’s own. They deliver a full range of legal services — from the traditional (Litigation, Corporate, Labor and Employment) to the emerging services (Intellectual Property and Tech and Venture Finance). Fox Rothschild brings expertise in early and growth stage technology, life science, and clean tech companies to the i2n Board.

         
      • McCausland, Keen & Buckman

        Founded in 1982, McCausland Keen & Buckman provides legal counseling to some of the most innovative and influential individuals, private and public companies, real estate developers, and academic institutions in the Delaware Valley and across the country. Drawing on the skills and experience of its 20 lawyers, the firm finds efficient solutions to complex problems primarily in business, finance, securities, intellectual property, tax, real estate, estate planning, litigation, and employment law. The firm strives to provide each of its clients with professional excellence, responsiveness, and services designed to address their specific legal needs.

         
      • Pepper Hamilton, LLP

        Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation, and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals throughout the nation and the world. While Pepper Hamilton’s practice is remarkably diverse, they operate as a unified firm, using its size, depth of talent, and the latest technology to assist its clients. The firm was founded in 1890. Pepper’s practice areas encompass nearly all areas of law, and continue to expand as the firm and its clients grow.

         
    • Market Research
      • Marketing List
        • Marketing Principles and Strategies
          • Unifeyed

            Unifeyed is a full service, online marketing company designed to help businesses increase their online visibility. Specializing in website design and programming, mobile applications and social networking, Unifeyed makes it easier for businesses to reach their customers through increased Internet presence. In addition, Unifeyed provides consulting services to help companies maintain and improve their IT infrastructure.



        • Real Estate
          • Chester County Economic Development Council

            Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is a private, non-profit economic development organization that has been nurturing economic growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The Council’s portfolio of business growth services includes: low-interest financing including SBA and USDA loan programs, business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development and training, energy consulting, customized international business assistance, land and building site selection, brownfields consultation and remediation, urban redevelopment, and agricultural economic development. The Council also offers economic development services specifically designed for local municipalities and state-of-the art conference and training facilities in Eagleview.

             
          • Evolve IP

            Evolve IP is a Communications as a Service (CaaS) provider that has created a new way for businesses to buy, manage, and secure the technologies that they use to communicate. Our unique approach represents an unequaled option in the market for companies to turn their vital communications technologies into a competitive advantage. With a broad range of expertise in the areas of Managed Telephony, Hosted Applications, Managed Networks, and Security & Compliance, Evolve IP can partner with businesses of all sizes to provide a complete outsourced solution or an augmentation of a current infrastructure.

             
          • Franklin Commons

            Franklin Commons is a mixed-use educational, corporate, and recreational facility. This adaptive reuse of a former mill and manufacturing site in north Phoenixville offers classroom, office, and even recreational space that can be custom-designed and built-to-suit. With 225,000 square feet, 200,000 of which is on one floor, the space is ideal for educational providers to configure and renovate to meet the growing demand for lifelong education. For corporate, recreational, or office space needs, the flexible open floor plans and first-class common areas make the Franklin Commons a perfect choice.

             
          • Hankin Group

            The Hankin Group is a dynamic real estate development company located in Chester County. The main focus is to design, construct and maintain multi-functional, new urban communities consisting of commercial, residential, and retail properties. Originally founded in 1958, The Hankin Group is headquartered in Eagleview, its 800-acre master planned, mixed-use community located at the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 100, Exton, PA. As a privately owned, multi-faceted, full service development company, The Hankin Group has completed over 7,000 residences, shopping centers, apartments, and over 3 million square feet of commercial space including retail, office, laboratory, civic, and industrial space. The organization is comprised of professionals with expertise in planning, design, engineering, approvals, finance, construction, leasing, marketing, and property management. With this full range of capability, The Hankin Group guides every aspect of project from conception to completion.

             
          • PECO Energy

            PECO, an energy delivery subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, is headquartered in Philadelphia. PECO is the largest electric and natural gas utility in Pennsylvania, serving approximately 1.6 million electric customers and 490,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Approximately 90% of PECO’s customers are residential and the remaining 10% are commercial and industrial. With a history of more than 100 years of service to the Greater Philadelphia region, PECO has a long-standing commitment to a culture of excellence. PECO’s safety performance is ranked among utilities as one of the best in the nation and the company has been widely recognized for its community service, economic development and operational and environmental efforts.

             
        • State of Pennsylvania
          • Department of Community and Economic Development

            The Keystone Innovation Zone program is funded through DCED. Companies and individuals can research financing opportunities and other DCED programs through this website.
          • Office of International Business Development

            By partnering with the Regional Export Network (REN) and a managing a global network of Authorized Trade Representatives, OIBD ensures clients have access to the programs and services they need to succeed.
          • PA Business One-Stop Shop

            Designed specifically for both current and aspiring entrepreneurs, the PA Business One-Stop Shop is the go-to resource for planning, registering, operating, and growing a business while working smart and living happy in Pennsylvania.
        • Strategic Advisors
          • Ben Franklin Technology Partners/SEP

            The award-winning Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) is one of the nation’s longest-running technology-based economic development programs. For more than 25 years, BFTP has provided both early-stage and established companies with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources. Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ goal is to accelerate technology development and commercialization in the state of Pennsylvania, and to create high-paying, sustainable jobs for Pennsylvanians.

             
          • Chester County Economic Development Council

            Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is a private, non-profit economic development organization that has been nurturing economic growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 50 years. The Council’s portfolio of business growth services includes: low-interest financing including SBA and USDA loan programs, business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development and training, energy consulting, customized international business assistance, land and building site selection, brownfields consultation and remediation, urban redevelopment, and agricultural economic development. The Council also offers economic development services specifically designed for local municipalities and state-of-the art conference and training facilities in Eagleview.

             
          • Evolve IP

            Evolve IP is a Communications as a Service (CaaS) provider that has created a new way for businesses to buy, manage, and secure the technologies that they use to communicate. Our unique approach represents an unequaled option in the market for companies to turn their vital communications technologies into a competitive advantage. With a broad range of expertise in the areas of Managed Telephony, Hosted Applications, Managed Networks, and Security & Compliance, Evolve IP can partner with businesses of all sizes to provide a complete outsourced solution or an augmentation of a current infrastructure.

             
          • Life Sciences PA

            Life Sciences Pennsylvania’s message is to ensure Pennsylvania is the global leader in the biosciences by creating a cohesive community that unites our biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, research, and financial strengths.

             
          • PECO Energy

            PECO, an energy delivery subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, is headquartered in Philadelphia. PECO is the largest electric and natural gas utility in Pennsylvania, serving approximately 1.6 million electric customers and 490,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Approximately 90% of PECO’s customers are residential and the remaining 10% are commercial and industrial. With a history of more than 100 years of service to the Greater Philadelphia region, PECO has a long-standing commitment to a culture of excellence. PECO’s safety performance is ranked among utilities as one of the best in the nation and the company has been widely recognized for its community service, economic development and operational and environmental efforts.

             
          • Unifeyed

            Unifeyed is a full service, online marketing company designed to help businesses increase their online visibility. Specializing in website design and programming, mobile applications and social networking, Unifeyed makes it easier for businesses to reach their customers through increased Internet presence. In addition, Unifeyed provides consulting services to help companies maintain and improve their IT infrastructure.



        • Tax Credits
          • Job Creation Tax Credit

            The Job Creation Tax Credit Program (JCTC) was established for the purpose of securing job-creating
            economic development opportunities through the expansion of existing businesses and the attraction of
            economic development prospects to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

          • Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ)

            An incentive program that provides tax credits to for-profit companies less than eight years old, operating within specific targeted industries within the boundaries of a Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Program. With a total pool of up to $15 million in tax credits available to KIZ companies annually, the KIZ tax credit program significantly contributes to the ability of young KIZ companies to transition through the stages of growth.
          • MVM Associates

            MVM Associates, Inc’s business model incorporates the selling of tradable Pennsylvania Tax Credits – Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), Research and Development (R&D), Film, Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and Enterprise Zone (EZ) – and obtaining buyers for those credits. With over 25 years of combined experience in providing and educating hundreds of clients about various state incentives and programs, MVM has been able to provide businesses with opportunities to expand their products or services and increase business growth by working together to evaluate the various state programs that best match their company’s need. MVM provides professional service and exceptional follow through producing end results with successful outcomes and awards.

             
          • PA Tax Credits

            Pennsylvania offers a variety of tax credits for different types of industries to help spur innovation and development. They include Keystone Innovation Zone, Research & Development, Enterprise Zone, Manufacturing and Investment, Video Game Production, and more. Click below to read more about the type of tax credits available.

            PA Tax Credit Overview2018

            For more information and to see if you qualify, contact Marianne Stack, i2n Project Manager: mstack@ccedcpa.com
          • Research and Development (R&D)

            State of Pennsylvania Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit Assignment Program - Allows companies holding qualifying Research and Development Tax Credits to apply for approval to sell those tax credits and assign them to the buyer(s). For program guidelines, click here.

            Federal R&E Tax Credit Program - Regardless of industry, size, or revenue, any company that performs activities that meet the
            following four tests may qualify for R&D tax credits:
            • Technical uncertainty. The activity is performed to eliminate technical uncertainty
            about the development or improvement of a product or process, which includes
            computer software, techniques, formulas, and inventions.
            • Process of experimentation. The activities include some process of experimentation
            undertaken to eliminate or resolve a technical uncertainty. This process involves an
            evaluation of alternative solutions or approaches and is performed through modeling,
            simulation, systematic trial and error, or other methods.
            • Technological in nature. The process of experimentation relies on the hard sciences,
            such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, or computer science.
            • Qualified purpose. The purpose of the activity is to create a new or improved product
            or process (computer software included) that results in increased performance,
            function, reliability, or quality.
            Companies can qualify for the R&D tax credit based on activities they already perform.
            Companies with potential R&D activities frequently:
            • Develop processes, patents, formulas, techniques, prototypes, or software
            • Improve or redesign existing products
            • Hire scientists, designers, or engineers
            • Devote time and resources to creating (manufacturing or developing)
            new or innovative products
            • Develop patents, in other words, intellectual property
        • Technology
          • Delaware County Community College

            Delaware County Community College is the center of educational opportunity in Delaware and Chester counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

             
          • Evolve IP

            Evolve IP is a Communications as a Service (CaaS) provider that has created a new way for businesses to buy, manage, and secure the technologies that they use to communicate. Our unique approach represents an unequaled option in the market for companies to turn their vital communications technologies into a competitive advantage. With a broad range of expertise in the areas of Managed Telephony, Hosted Applications, Managed Networks, and Security & Compliance, Evolve IP can partner with businesses of all sizes to provide a complete outsourced solution or an augmentation of a current infrastructure.

             
          • Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG)

            ITAG’s mission is to promote Information Technology, Communications, and Technological Processes, to all companies and individuals in Southeastern Pennsylvania as a means to become more effective in an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace. This is accomplished by working closely with and servicing participating ITAG companies, economic development agencies, and education/training partners to develop the tech workforce and help businesses succeed by using technology effectively.The ITAG focus continues to be on workforce development – primarily youth and incumbent worker training initiatives. We are driven by the needs of private industry.
          • iPipeline

            iPipeline is a technology provider of SaaS solutions that drives straight-through processing for the insurance and financial services industry on a global basis. They take pride in leading the information technology and services industry in providing web-based software tools and champion strong partnerships with customers, partners and employees. They are dedicated to fostering open communication, innovation and a collaborative work environment.
          • Life Sciences PA

            Life Sciences Pennsylvania’s message is to ensure Pennsylvania is the global leader in the biosciences by creating a cohesive community that unites our biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, research, and financial strengths.

             
          • Penn State Great Valley

            Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies extends the resources and reputation of one of the nation’s leading research universities to suburban Philadelphia. Penn State Great Valley delivers outstanding graduate degree programs, professional development courses, and conference planning services.

            Forty-four full-time and sixty-nine part-time faculty members teach valuable practical skills, share cutting-edge knowledge, and work with corporate, government, and educational neighbors to address real-world problems and enhance employee performance.

            Great Valley’s location just west of Philadelphia, near Route 202 and other major highways, makes the campus convenient to most working professionals in southeastern Pennsylvania. More than 1,900 students are enrolled in convenient evening and Saturday classes, earning master’s degrees or certificates in:

            • Engineering and Information Science

            • Finance

            • Leadership Development

            • MBA Programs


             
          • Unifeyed

            Unifeyed is a full service, online marketing company designed to help businesses increase their online visibility. Specializing in website design and programming, mobile applications and social networking, Unifeyed makes it easier for businesses to reach their customers through increased Internet presence. In addition, Unifeyed provides consulting services to help companies maintain and improve their IT infrastructure.



          • Villanova University

          • West Chester University

            West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC), a center of the College of Business and Public Affairs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship at West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

             

          • Widener University

            Widener University is a metropolitan university that combines academic quality, career preparation, and community service. The educational goal at Widener is to connect the curricula to social issues through civic engagement, and to combine dynamic teaching and personal attention with active scholarship and experiential learning. A comprehensive university, Widener offers liberal arts and sciences and professional programs that grant associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Most Widener students come from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and most alumni remain in the region after they graduate, serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area professionally, and contributing to the social, economic, and civic welfare of the region.

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        • Testimonials
          • i2n Success Story: EigenX

            CEO Stan Pittman

            “i2n and the KIZ credits have helped us grow to the next level.   We were able to leverage i2n support in training, hiring, and networking.  i2n referred us to the KIZ office space (the Innovation Center at EvolveIP) which was a perfect first location.  It was also valuable to be located with other startup companies to share ideas and form technology alliances.   i2n provided us with access to training grant funds which were used to obtain certifications in core technologies for us (Agile, Salesforce.com, Tableau, .NET, Birst, etc.) ”

            “I would encourage other tech leaders to engage with i2n to be sure you receive the training, job creation and KIZ grants that are available.  There are also many “lessons learned” that are shared at the networking groups.”

            “The (Chester County) area has an abundance of technology talent (both experienced recruits and from the great universities in this market), affordable cost of living, and easy access to other east coast markets (NYC, DC, Boston).”
          • i2n Success story: EvolveIP

            The company launched in 2006 in Chester County with support from an ecosystem cultivated by i2n.  It started with a handful founders and passionate staff and today employs 350.  Now one of the world's fastest-growing cloud strategy companies, Evolve IP provides cloud solutions to enterprises across the globe.

            CEO and i2n Board Member Guy Fardone 

            “. . .There were times early on when we needed funds to train our engineers and software developers.  Guess who helped us?  i2n; they had access to state training grant funds which they awarded us and other startups.  There were times when we needed to kick start marketing engines.  Guess who helped us?  i2n; they got us connected with Chester County Economic Development Council and other services.  We were awarded over $500K in KIZ tax credits in the 1st 8 years of our startup.  Guess who helped us?  i2n; they gave us access to the tax credits and helped us with accurate reporting and applications.  Those funds and the mentoring and the connections made a world of difference. . .”
          • Mr. Michael Harrington of FoxRothschild, PACT, i2n Chair

            “I am not just a board member; I personally participate in i2n because of the ability to have a real relationship with the emerging tech startups in Chester County and Delaware County.  My experience has been nothing but positive in helping our early and growth stage companies with legal services, direction on raising capital, and many other critical steps. I’ve personally been involved with and witnessed the benefits we provide to the community.  Just recently we’ve supported over 100 companies; helped 19 companies receive over $1.2M in KIZ tax incentives;  and 41 of our i2n companies reported over $89M in annual revenue supporting over 300 employees!”
        • U.S.
          • United State Copyright Office

            The official website for the U.S. Copyright Office. You can search for registered copyrights and learn the basics of copyright.

          • United States Patent and Trademark Office

            The official website for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. You can search and file for patents and trademarks on this site. Also the USPTO offers free informational sessions around the U.S. and their event schedule is available through their site.