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Be Happy in Pennsylvania

You often hear that you can’t have it all, but in Pennsylvania you’ll start believing you can.

Pennsylvania’s founding principles of freedom, tolerance, and innovation — first established by William Penn — have echoed throughout our history and growth as a commonwealth, and continue to guide our progress today. Every year millions boldly pursue — and find — their happiness here, taking to heart the spirit of the words proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Our rich history certainly plays a large factor, but our success ultimately comes down to the welcoming, visionary, and driven residents who live and work here.

Small Businesses in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to one million small businesses, and employs 2.5 million individuals — about half of the state’s private workforce. Small businesses play a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy, accounting for 99.6 percent of businesses in the state. Their economic impact is evident across a variety of business sectors here, ranging from professional services, retail, construction, and health care to manufacturing, education, and beyond.

Read more about how small businesses are finding success in Pennsylvania on the #PAProud blog.

Working Smart and Living Happy

Pennsylvania is leading the way for successful businesses and communities with innovation, imagination, and a legendary can-do spirit.

Pennsylvanians are innovators, from Ben Franklin through the talent behind today’s robotics and health sciences startups. The global economy demands fast-paced innovation at all levels, and Pennsylvania is getting the job done – from pioneering the latest technological and scientific advances to developing collaborative support networks for early-stage entrepreneurs, to pursuing smart, creative approaches to community development and workforce training.

Join Our Business Community

There is no substitute for personalized one-on-one assistance, especially when you are planning to start your own business. That’s why Pennsylvania offers multiple ways to ensure you find the right professional resources through the most convenient method for you — whether it’s online, via phone, or in-person. Whether you’re starting a business, exploring new markets, or expanding to a new location, we have networks of professionals ready to help. Check out our Getting Business Advice and resources to Grow your business to discover how to get connected to the business community and tap into available assistance.

Pursue Your Happiness Here

We recognize that successful businesses depend on vibrant communities – and vice versa. Our unique blend of both is what makes like in the Keystone State invigorating, fulfilling, and downright happy. And when you need a break from business, Pennsylvania is right there with ways to help you jumpstart your brain, push your limit in the great-than-great outdoors, learn something new, or relax with friends with the latest craft beer or wine in hand.

Learn more about our quality of life here in Pennsylvania, and all of the great things to see and do across our beautiful state.

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