Opening a Business

Are you opening a business in the Exton Region? Establishing your corporate identity, registering for state and federal taxes, obtaining local permits and business licenses, and coming up with a business plan and funding are just a few of the details of opening a business. These links and forms should make your job easier.

Federal Tax Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN): Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations, must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The EIN is also known as an Employer Tax ID and Form SS-4.

  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service: Phone: 1-800-829-4933
  • Guide to the Employer Identification Number: Apply Online

Pennsylvania Tax Registration

Pennsylvania Tax Registration: Businesses that operate within Pennsylvania are required to register for one or more tax-specific identification numbers, licenses or permits including income tax withholding, sales and use tax, and unemployment insurance tax. Contact the following agency for more information about business registration and your tax obligations

Local Permits

Business Licenses / Tax Permits – Many jurisdictions require a trader’s license or tax certificate in order to operate. Check with your city or county clerk or Revenue Department.
Building Permit – This permit is generally required if you are constructing or modifying your place of business.

Health Permit

In general, anyone who manufactures, sells, or distributes products that can be consumed by humans or that touch the human body (like nail salons) need to have a health permit and an annual inspection.

Occupational Permit

This permit is required for home-based business in some jurisdictions.

Signage Permit

Some jurisdictions require a permit before you can erect a sign for your business.

Alarm Permit

If you have installed a burglar or fire alarm, you will likely need an alarm permit.

Zoning Permit

This permit is generally required if you are developing land for specific commercial use.

Local Government

Check with the following local government(s) for more information:

  • Chester County: 2 North High Street, P.O. Box 2748, West Chester, PA 19380, Phone: 610-340-6000,

Census Information

Check this website for detailed Census Information:

Help From Business Professionals

SCORE is a volunteer group of retired and active business men and women who have (or have had) successful careers as executives and entrepreneurs. The volunteers offer FREE business counseling where they share their knowledge and experience with anyone thinking of starting, expanding, or maintaining a small business.