Regionally convenient between Lancaster, Lebanon, Lititz and Harrisburg, Manheim is rich in historic architecture, culture and human spirit. With its founding by Henry William Stiegel, Manheim has always enjoyed a strong industrial foundation. Perhaps this together with the Pennsylvania Dutch and German Heritage accounts for the sense of strong personal pride presented by its work force. This guide, Doing Business in Manheim, is an effort to provide leadership and support to existing and potential businesses within the downtown community.
Manheim Borough Municipal Government
The Manheim Borough is a Pennsylvania municipal corporation with a Council, Manager and Mayor form of government. The Council is elected and serves as the legislative body for Borough affairs. The mayor is elected and is responsible for maintaining the preservation of order, issuing directions to the police force and participating in community events. The Borough Council appoints the Borough Manager as the chief administrative officer responsible for day to day operations.
For more informaiton visit www.manheimboro.org or call (717) 665-2461
Zoning Regulations & Requirements
Borough’s Zoning Ordinance regulates the size, intensity of uses, size and location of buildings and other structures as well as establishing regulations for land uses by trades, businesses, industry and residences. In 2004, the Borough adopted the International Building Code. These provisions have been designed and enacted with consideration for the character of the Borough. Permits are required by the Borough. Please contact the Zoning Officer to determine zoning regulations, change of use requirements, accessibility requirements, building and signage permits, and subdivision and land development regulations and processes.
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Develop a written business plan. There is a tremendous amount of guidance on how to write a business plan that can be obtained from the internet or by contacting the following organizations:
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Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Duke Street Business Center
Lancaster Public Library
Family Business Center
Small Business Development Center
Center for Entrepreneurial Assistance
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
US Small Business Administration
Philadelphia District Office
Research & Demographic Information
Obtain demographic information, commercial real estate availability and other informational assistance by contacting the Lancaster County Planning Commission, Research and Informational Specialist. For more information, please visit the Lancaster County Planning Commission website at www.co.lancaster.pa.us/planning or call (717) 295-3659.
Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Ltd. Partnership, Ltd Liability Partnership, Corporation, or PA S Corp.
Determine your business structure. Contact the Pennsylvania Department of State for additional information concerning specific steps to be taken once a business structure has been selected.
Determine if you must register your fictitious name with Pennsylvania Department of State. A fictitious name is any assumed name, style, or designation other than the proper name of the person and/or entity using the name.
Federal Employer Identification Number
Every employer subject to employment taxes is required to obtain and EIN to identify his/her business with the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. Application for a Federal EIN can be filed by telephone, fax or mail. The appropriate form can also be downloaded from the IRS website or by calling the form hotline. Telephone Registration can be completed by calling the IRS (866) 816-2065.
State Unemployment Compensation
If you employ one or more persons, you may be liable for the state unemployment compensation tax and must register with the Bureau of Employer Tax Operations by completing a Pennsylvania Enterprise Registration Form and Instruction PA-100.
Department of Revenue
Determine all applicable state tax liabilities that are imposed upon individuals, employers and businesses. Contact the Department of Revenue for questions and further information.
Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau
Contact the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau to determine any required registration requirements for local taxes.
State Licensing and Regulatory Agencies
PA Department of Agriculture www.pda.state.pa.us (717) 787-4315
PA Liquor Control Board www.lcb.state.pa.us
PA Department of State www.dos.state.pa.us
Professional & Occupational Affairs Bureau www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/site/default.asp (717) 787-8503
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