Business Resource Center Partners

The Business Resource Center (BRC) is a portal for the local resources and tools available to help entrepreneurs and businesses succeed. The BRC connects people with the experts that can provide them the information and resources they need by partnering with organizations that have expertise in different areas related to starting and running a successful business.  These partners have expertise in areas such as starting a business, one-on-one business counseling, financing, minority and women business procurement, importing and exporting, and technology commercialization among others. They work to provide a more unified support system for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Business Resource Center is your partner in your business that provides you the resources and tools you need to start, grow or sustain your business, no matter what stage it is in.

For more information about the Business Resource Center, please contact the Chamber at 610.376.6766 or info@GreaterReadingChamber.org

The organizations that are partners of the Business Resource Center are:

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania links companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation. The Center strategy encompasses three key areas: developing early-stage, technology-oriented companies; helping established manufacturers creatively apply new technologies and business practices; and promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure.

Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce's mission is to provide leadership and support for the economic development of the Latino business community of Greater Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Community First Fund (CFF) is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and an SBA guaranteed lender. They provide loans, business training, and one-on-one counseling to entrepreneurs of all sizes, affordable housing and commercial real estate developers, and community groups in under-served communities in central Pennsylvania.

Greater Berks Development Fund (GBDF) is a well established private nonprofit corporation that provides financing, real estate and development services to businesses expanding or locating in Berks County. In particular, the GBDF acts a lending agent for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and accesses their lending programs for companies in Berks County. Our loan programs typically partner with conventional lending institutions to provide fixed rate, low interest, gap financing.

Greater Reading Economic Partnership (BEP) helps attract, retain, and grow business by promoting and coordinating economic development in the Greater Reading and Berks County region.

Greater Reading Keystone Innovation Zone (GRKIZ) strives to drive technology-based economic opportunities through the creation of new, innovative enterprise by creating strong partnerships between the region's higher educational institutions (Penn State, Kutztown University, Alvernia University, Albright College and the Reading Area Community College) and the business community, including business support organizations, commercial lending institutions, venture capital networks and foundations.

Kutztown University Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC) helps Latino entrepreneurs and the Latino workforce grow and flourish by building the capacity of economic development organizations to work more effectively with Latinos and provides Latinos with business consulting, education, research and business tools.

Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers free one-to-one business consulting to help your pre-venture or existing business succeed in today's global market. The mission of the SBDC at Kutztown University is to grow the economy of South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.

SCORE - Counselors to America's Small Business are real-world volunteers with time-tested knowledge who donate their time to help small businesses succeed. They provide top quality no cost advice and counsel to those wanting to star their own business or take a business to the next level. Their confidential services are free and tailored to meet the needs of your small business and personal objectives. Reading's local chapter SCORE website.

The City of Reading, Office of Community and Economic Development is a team of skilled professionals striving to improve the quality of life in the City of Reading through the encouragement of community participation, effective administration of programs, efficient allocation of resources, judicious enforcement of regulations and sound planning practices.

Services provided by the BRC partners and Institutions of Higher Learning Education
The partners of the BRC specialize in different areas.  This grid will help you learn more about them to determine which one might better fit your current needs.

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