The York County Office of Economic Development and the York County Chamber of Commerce share the same goal of trying to help improve the business environment in York County for the benefit of the area’s businesses and citizens alike. The two organizations have a strong history of working together to develop new programs and initiatives aimed at helping the local businesses grow. Both strive to meet the needs of an ever-changing business climate, by adapting their assistance programs to the current industry trends and demands.
Chamber & County staff and officials have begun to take note of the substantial increase in Home-based businesses over the past few years. The data shows that 2/3 of York County’s businesses are Home-based and that this trend is growing, not just here, but nationwide. The number of Home-based businesses in America more than doubled from just 2010 – 2012, with growth continuing upward each year since. Home-based entities are an important sector of York County’s business community, creating jobs and generating significant tax revenue. The most recent data shows that there are over 38 Million home-based businesses in the US and that Home-based businesses make up more than ½ of all new businesses each year. They generate $427 Billion in annual revenue and create 1 new job every 11 seconds. Home-based businesses also tend to be more stable than traditional start-up companies, with over 70% of them still thriving after the first three years in business (compared to just 30% of more traditional brick-and-mortar start-ups).
It is a well-known fact that 80% of new job & investment growth comes from existing businesses, and that includes Home-based businesses. The Chamber, which touts itself as being the Voice of Business in York County, meets monthly with County leaders and staff to discuss current business concerns or suggestions. From there, several programs and initiatives have resulted, creating new opportunities and improved processes for everyone.
The County and Chamber are now partnering together to create a Home-based business initiative, aimed at providing the resources and support needed to help our local Home-based businesses grow and thrive. Aspects of the initiative include this Home-based business Resource Fair & Conference, a Home-based Business Transition Grant Program, an E-Commerce Grant Program, Networking Opportunities and Monthly Lunch-and-Learns focused on Home-based Business needs, Office Space and Conference Room for Chamber Members’ Use, and much more. The links below contain more detailed information on the various programs and resources offered by each organization.