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Start a Business in Pennsylvania

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Starting a business in Pennsylvania can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the Department of state, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Pennsylvania, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Pennsylvania.

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Our Corporate Guides® are Pennsylvania incorporation experts. We will provide you:

  • Filed Pennsylvania Articles
  • Pennsylvania Corporate Bylaws
  • PA shareholder resolutions
  • PA corporate stock certificates

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We provide extra privacy for you with our address. You get ongoing support:

  • We’ll be your registered agent
  • PA corporate renewal reminders
  • Online corporate tools
  • Talk to a Corporate Guide® anytime

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How to Start a Business in Pennsylvania

File Your Articles

You file articles of incorporation for a Pennsylvania corporation or certificate of organization for a Pennsylvania LLC with the PA Department of State.

Obtain a Federal Tax ID

You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Pennsylvania showing your approved Pennsylvania business.

Open a Bank Account

Opening a business banking account under your new Pennsylvania business name should be easy with these two items.

Register with the Dept of Revenue

If you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax, you will probably need to register with the PA department of revenue. We provide all these links in your online account.

Apply for Licenses

If your business trade requires a license, you’ll have to apply for a license with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  These quick links and contact details are in your online account. Some local cities or counties have a general license, but most don’t. You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.

Get Proper Zoning

If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.

Online Business Registration

You may choose to register your business in PA via the “Open for Business Online Business Registration.” This tool allows you to register your business with the Pennsylvania Department of State, Department of Revenue, and Department of Labor & Industry in one stop.

Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer? You Can Save Some Money:

If you want to start a business in Pennsylvania yourself, you can just hire us as your Pennsylvania registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Pennsylvania LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a Pennsylvania corporation or form a Pennsylvania LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Pennsylvania registered agent service.


If you want a corporation, you file Pennsylvania Articles of Incorporation:

The Pennsylvania articles of incorporation cost $125 with the Pennsylvania Department of State by mail, in person, or online. We custom draft your Pennsylvania articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your Pennsylvania business. The basic requirements of Pennsylvania corporations are:

  • An incorporating Pennsylvania ending such as Inc, corporation, or incorporated
  • A statement that the corporation is organized under the provisions of the Business Corporation law of 1988
  • The corporation is perpetual unless the articles state a term
  • The amount of Pennsylvania corporation shares you would like to authorize
  • The articles are effective when filed unless you specify a later date
  • The name, address, and signature of the Pennsylvania incorporator
  • The registered agent of the proposed Pennsylvania corporation
  • Attach a Docketing Statement to your PA articles of incorporation

Pennsylvania does not require original signatures on new PA corporation filings. The filing confirmation is sent to the address on the PA articles of incorporation.

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If you want a LLC, you file Pennsylvania Certificate of Organization:

To form a Pennsylvania LLC, file a certificate of organization and pay the $125 fee. The basic requirements of Pennsylvania LLC filings are:

  • The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it.
  • New Pennsylvania LLCs name must be different than already registered Pennsylvania companies.
  • The address of the LLCs registered office, or the name of the commercial registered agent
  • The names, address, and signature of each organizer
  • Whether members interest is evidenced by a certificate of membership interest
  • Whether the LLC is manager managed
  • The effective date of the certificate of organization
  • If it is a professional LLC, state the service to be provided
  • Docketing Statement must be attached

Pennsylvania does not require original signatures on new PA LLC filings. PA will send the filing confirmation to the address you list on the PA certificate of organization.

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