Resources for Entrepreneurs

Resource Services for the Entrepreneur

We want you to be successful

Growing your business takes more than just money.  It takes skill, expertise and hard work.   Erie County offers a multitude of entrepreneur and small business support services to help you succeed, regardless of the stage your business is in.  We encourage you to seek the advice and support of one or more of the following services, most of which are free.

The Idea Lab

The Idea Lab is an adult maker space that offers free access to equipment and classes. Our goal is to be an educational resource for the community to build creative skills, connect with other makers, and make cool stuff!   For more information:  Idea Lab – Erie County Public Library (


CO.STARTERS is a hands-on educational program, led by professional facilitators, who help guide you on your business journey. If you learn best in a structured environment and want a group of peers to offer support and accountability, CO.STARTERS is for you.  

Paramount Pursuits

Paramount Pursuits is a small business incubator and economic development consulting partner, concentrating on empowering entrepreneurs and providing guidance for Main Street revitalization projects within our local communities. 
Business Incubator | How To Start A Business | Paramount Pursuits


The Small Business Development Center at Gannon University offers no-cost, confidential consulting services for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to start a business.  The SBDC can help you with everything from business planning to bookkeeping.    

Looking to build equity?  Consider the following opportunities:


The City of Erie sponsors this international crowdfunding program to help launch businesses and provide early-stage resources. For more information contact Jen Hoffman at

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